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Documentary film about the life of Newbery Medal winning author Lloyd Alexander, the creator of Prydain

"I think imagination is at the heart of everything we do. Scientific discoveries couldn't have happened without imagination. Art, music, and literature couldn't exist without imagination. And so anything that strengthens imagination, and reading certainly does that, can help us for the rest of our lives." 

-Lloyd Alexander

LLOYD ALEXANDER: A DOCUMENTARY examines the life and writings of one of the most beloved American children's fantasy authors. Lloyd Alexander is best known for his Chronicles of Prydain which include: "The Book of Three", "The Black Cauldron" (which was adapted into a Disney animated film in the 1980's), "The Castle of Llyr", "Taran Wanderer", and the 1969 Newbery Medal winner "The High King".  Alexander wrote 48 books over his 50+ year career, including 40 books for young people.

This documentary features an exclusive look into the magical land of Prydain, including interviews with the editor of Prydain, Ann (Durrell) McCrory, and Michael Tunnell, the author of "The Prydain Companion". The film gives a never before seen look into the childhood and early years of Lloyd Alexander, including his service in the Army during WWII. It tells the story of how Lloyd met his wife, Janine, and it contains interviews with some of his closest friends, and associates.

When Lloyd Alexander passed away in 2007, he donated many of his belongings to Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. There is an exhibit that pays tribute to Mr. Alexander located in the Harold B. Lee Library on the BYU campus, which is affectionately titled "Alexander's Box". This exhibit is a recreation of his home office. The library at BYU also houses many of Alexander's personal papers.  The library has been very gracious to give us access to this collection, during the making of our film.

BYU is also home to two professors who knew Lloyd Alexander very well. Dr. Michael Tunnell, whose dissertation was written about Alexander's Prydain Chronicles and later published by Henry Holt into "The Prydain Companion: A Reference Guide to Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles"; and Dr. Jim Jacobs, the author of "Lloyd Alexander: A Critical Biography". While we are working extensively close with Dr. Jacobs, Dr. Tunnell has pledged his support to the project as well.

THE MAKING OF THE FILM

This project all started on a rainy afternoon on May 18, 2011, when Jim Jacobs and I (Jared Crossley) went out for some pizza. I had read and loved many of Alexander's books since my childhood. When I saw "Alexander's Box" at BYU I was inspired to make a film telling the story of this remarkable man. I proposed the idea to Jim Jacobs, who immediately agreed to help, and the project was born.

Since then we have recruited others who are passionate about film, and creating good in the world. In the early stages of the film, Hollywood filmmaker & Entertainment Designer Steve Christensen heard about the project, and offered to help produce.  As a freelance designer and Art Director, Steve has collaborated with movie legends such as  Steven Speilberg, JJ Abrams, and David Fincher on numerous feature films. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0159905/ )

We will be traveling to New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Drexel Hill, PA to obtain footage, and conduct interviews. The film will have exclusive interviews with many of Lloyd's friends and associates including: Ann Durrell McCrory, Sharyn November, Mike Tunnell, Jim Jacobs, Kemie Nix, and Sandy Limont.  It will also showcase artwork of Prydain from artist Justin Kunz.

The film will have an original score written by composer Steve Voorhees. It will be premiered at the Library on BYU campus where the exhibit "Alexander's Box" is located. This premiere will be held on October 19, 2012. However, in order for us to make this deadline, we need your help.

OUR TEAM

Jared Crossley: Director

Steve Christensen: Producer

Steve Voorhees: Original Music Composition

Jim Jacobs

Jesse Myrick

Seth Adam Smith

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

We are still in need of $15,000 to help fund the cost of:

  • sound recording (including music and narration)
  • editing of the film 
  • external hard drive for storing footage
  • making DVD's of the film
  • making Lloyd Alexander t-shirts
  • additional travel costs

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Make a pledge. Any amount helps. You can also contribute by spreading the word. Tell your friends and family about this great project. Post it on your Facebook or Twitter accounts. Put it on your blog. I really want to get the word out to all those who have ever read and loved any of Alexander's books. 

WHY YOU SHOULD HELP

"Books can truly change our lives: the lives of those who read them, the lives of those who write them. Readers and writers alike discover things they never knew about the world and about themselves."

-Lloyd Alexander, The Time Cat

The power of reading cannot be underestimated. Our hope is that this film will excite children and adults alike about reading, and open doors to new worlds. It has already introduced new readers to the works of Lloyd Alexander, and helped current Alexander fans find excitement in learning more about this creative, eccentric and loveable man. A film like this has never been made about Lloyd Alexander; yet, his is a story that needs to be told.

By pledging to this film, not only do you get that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from helping a worthwhile cause, but you get some pretty awesome prizes. 

Maybe you've never heard of  Lloyd Alexander, or haven't read any of his books, or perhaps you have and would like to own them for re-reading pleasure. Thanks to the generous donations of Mike Tunnell and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group you can get some of Alexander's most famous books by making a pledge. 

This film is non-profit, which means we will not be selling DVD's. However, this is your chance to get the film on DVD. By donating to the project you can receive your own copy of the limited DVD "Lloyd Alexander: A Documentary".

By donating to the project you can have special reserved seating for the premiere of the film in October. You can also receive a private tour of the exhibit in the library, "Alexander's Box" given by the director personally. 

Steve Christensen is designing Lloyd Alexander t-shirts exclusively for this project. The shirts are still being designed but will be posted on the project blog: http://lloydalexanderfilm.blogspot.com/ as soon as the design is finished. These shirts will not be sold separately from this project and are only available by donating.

Update: T-Shirt Design Now Available

The t-shirts are available in Black or in White in the size of your choosing.

Questions?

If you have any additional questions about the project, or how you can get involved please feel free to e-mail Jared Crossley at lloydalexanderfilm@gmail.com

Learn more about the film at http://lloydalexanderfilm.blogspot.com/

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