The Elevator Most Belonging to Alice
Short Finalist for the 2016 Nashville Film Festival!
Where will life take you?
“The Sole Property of Miss Alice” So reads the small plaque hanging in the large, luxurious elevator in which we open. We observe ten-year-old Alice, and her butler, Jerome. At first, Alice is unsure of just why she is here, or even where here is. But after a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony, Jerome tenderly explains the rules: this is Alice’s space, and this elevator will take her anywhere.
From here we are whisked away on a grand tour. Rather than falling with Alice down a rabbit hole, we fly high with her through the clouds and over snow-capped mountains. Alice is enthralled and delighted to be lifted up out of her seemingly dreary life. The spectacle outside is nearly as engaging as the conversation that Alice and Jerome are having inside the elevator. You see, as they soar through the sky, the two ruminate on Alice’s situation. It seems she is having some difficulty back home, and Jerome is here to help her through it all. He will stand by her side and help her take strength in her hour of need, which will come soon.
As the journey’s end draws near, Alice learns that you don’t always have to move to change where you are. The emotional hammer drops as we find out just what Alice has been flying away from, and what she still faces ahead. This is one ending that will stick with your audience long after the final frame.
The Elevator Most Belonging to Alice offers a surreal fantasy escape in the tradition of Lynch and Fellini. The script packs a potent, powerful punch, while delicately examining a difficult subject matter without ever devolving into exploitation. A metaphorical, metaphysical, meditation on life, akin to Radio Flyer, the message is one of courage, endurance, and above all, hope. All of which are themes that continually reap benefits on the awards circuit.
So hop on board before the doors close, this script will take you anywhere you want to go.
Budget: Medium. One central location, the elevator, may need a production designer. Limited SFX.
About the Reviewer: Dane Whipple is talking with Davey, who’s still in the Navy, and probably will be for life. He is currently working on that screenplay everybody keeps talking about: The Wild Age. Contact him at dane.whipple (at) live.com.
About the Writer: An award winning writer, Bill Sarre has had scripts place both finalist and quarter finalist with Page and Bluecat. Another short of his, The Grieving Spell, was recently grand prize winner of the London Film Awards. Bill can be reached at Bill.sarre “AT” gmail.com
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