We're looking for a primary Producer and Director to head up our project.
We envision this Alaskan Gothic thriller/suspense as a major studio blockbuster or an ambitious independent film.
The story contrasts the sense of loss in "Voice From The Stone" (Eric D. Howell), the comic adventure of "The Fearless Vampire Killers" (Roman Polanski), and the eleventh hour twist of "The Sixth Sense" (M. Night Shyamalan).
We anticipate some filming in Washington State or Alaska under a SAG-AFTRA contract.
We are now seeking a major investment (>$1 million) in this exciting film.
Any subsequent opportunities for smaller investors/non-profit donors will be posted here.
Logline: A former physician, remorseful over his wife's assisted suicide, meets a paranormal owl-woman whose sudden disappearance inspires a science student to help him track her down and, hopefully, to survive the encounter.
"We will do our best to continue to promote your success in the industry." (Cannes Screenplay Contest)
" The story is curious and enthralling, by not being similar to anything else made before and because of its vivid imagery and dark realism..." (The Golden Script Competition)
"Wishing you nothing but the best with your project. jd" (J.D. Barker)
"I particularly enjoyed the Beckettesque dialogue. The surrealist nature of the characters conversations were very sharp and engaging." (Development Exec., Tailored Films - Dublin)
"Appreciate it! Winter Bird is fantastic, by the by. Amazing Dialogue." (Holly Interlandi, Exec. Editor, Famous Monsters of Filmland)
First award after adapting my stage play (The Film School, Seattle)
"Our jury loved your work on Winter Bird. It is highly engaging! Great writing."
Awarded Third Place in the Thriller/Suspense Competition
"Appreciate it! Winter Bird is fantastic"
(Holly Interlandi, Executive Editor, Famous Monsters of Filmland)
"In recognition of excellence in screenwriting at the 2018 Hollywood Screenplay Contest"
Best Horror Screenplay (Aug 2019)
Rachelle Henry: photographybydawndra
Ackerman Imagi-Movies Screenplay Award 2017
As featured in Famous Monsters of Filmland # 289, p. 197:
"WINTER BIRD began as a stage play drafted for the Edward Albee Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. I hesitate to argue with my wife, who claims she commanded me to write a play about a vampire, deriving from all those long winter nights our family of four was experiencing in Anchorage. The play is 100% recognizable to anyone who ever lived in Alaska -- Anchorage library, fur-trapper's cabin, sled dogs, northern lights, an Eskimo legend..."
Holly Interlandi, Executive Editor, Famous Monsters of Filmland:
"Appreciate it! Winter Bird is fantastic"
Congratulations on winning Best Horror Screenplay.
Our jury loved your work on Winter Bird.
It is highly engaging and we hope you take pride in it!
Thank you for being a part of LAFA18! ❤Best Regards,
Nami, Roy and the LAFA team
101 South Palmer Drive, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Finalist: Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival 2018 (SC)
Winter Bird hinges on a subconscious connection between two Alaskans. One a former physician, now Rare Book Room Librarian, who helped his beloved wife commit suicide a few years ago. The other, a fur-trapper's wife who was brutally murdered while pregnant 100 years before. The librarian becomes intrigued by the amber-eyed blonde who is hell-bent on obtaining a rare set of herb books for healing her foundling infant. Based on an indigenous legend, this subarctic shape-shifter still haunts the desolate woods near Anchorage, sometimes as a snowy owl, in an effort to share the full horror of her origin. Seemingly intrigued by the sensitive librarian, she vanishes abruptly.
A science student with Attention Deficit Disorder emboldens his increasingly delusional mentor to track down the mysterious Woman in White. The unique tragedies of former physician and bloodthirsty blonde irretrievably entwine with Gothic and humorous twists, leading up to her mountain-top aerie and a dangerous attempt at mutual redemption.
Other characters are a sanctimonious Head Librarian, an ancient birdwatcher, a Native American Policewoman, and a mute janitor.
Stephen Delos Treacy, Irish-American, (NW Screenwriters Guild & SAG-AFTRA) adapted the screenplay from his stage play at The Film School, Seattle
"Oh, Peter, Peter, Peter! Look! Look at this sky! These colors. Vivid far from the city. Come. Watch the green ribbons move, dance, expand. Inhale them. Breathe the green. The ribbons display themselves for us to see, to smell, to taste!"
"Shhhhh! Your body is tensing now. Like a caged bird."
"Almost like it never died."
Development Executive, Tailored Films - Dublin 2018
"I particularly enjoyed the Beckettesque dialogue. The surrealist nature of the characters conversations were very sharp and engaging."
The Golden Script Competition - Glasgow 2019
"The story is curious and enthralling, mostly by virtue of not being similar to anything else made before and because of its vivid imagery and dark realism that maintains a perfect balance with the fantastic elements. Yes, women turn into owl beasts and magic hats glow red, but there is also the gritty realism of the environment to make it all seem real and even possible. Dirt, grime, blood and other mundane elements combine to make the story feel grounded."
Academy Nichols Feedback 2018
"Fantasy imagery in this script is strongly cinematic. On page 44, especially, when a fog pours into a library and transforms into a woman with wings, imagery is especially powerful. I believe fantasy imagery is one of this script's strongest elements."
Slamdance Screenplay Competition 2017, Short Feedback
"This is an intriguing and compelling adaptation of the play by the same name... as the author sets up the world, characters and the events that unfold, it becomes clear that things are not what they seem in this quaint Alaskan town. What is additionally refreshing is the subtle weaving of moments of magical realism that pushes the narrative further into what is fantasy, dreams and legends. Overall this is a unique refashioning of typical vampiric lore while remaining contained and grounded in the rules and mythos
originally established in the first several pages."
Seattle International Film Festival Feedback 2017
"The writer succeeds at creating a clear sense of setting and time. Descriptions and details of the physical world (i.e. exemplifying the tundra of Alaska through different animals) were cinematic and instilled a very intense image of Alaska's natural beauty. The story was propelled, almost exclusively by dialogue without being overly expository -- this was a major strength of the script. The dialogue was original and engaging. The characters, and their interpersonal relationships, felt realistic and impactful; their relationships with one another were genuine. Each character had their own distinct voice. Also, the use of a diverse set of characters is refreshing and automatically makes the story-world more intriguing."
Message from UK Film Festival - London 2018
"...the committee enjoyed reading Winter Bird and it made it past the final cut... This is no mean feat and we want you to know that we appreciate your creativity and professionalism."
Message from Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards 2018
"Our industry professional judges have carefully read and considered over 2500 submissions... you should feel proud of the fact that your script--after being closely reviewed by multiple judges--was ranked as among the Top 15% of all entries received."
Judge's Feedback, 13Horror.com 2018
"You write to an extremely impressive standard and Winter Bird represents a very original idea delivered in glorious Gothic style, even boasting its very own Woman in White. There’s a nice blend of tension and humor throughout and they are well balanced against each other. Alfred stood out for me – very amusing and likeable."
Holly Interlandi, Executive Editor, Famous Monsters of Filmland 2017
"Appreciate it! Winter Bird is fantastic, by the by. Amazing Dialogue."