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A short fiction film about the real Alice from Alice in Wonderland and her encounter with Lewis Carroll.
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In January 2017, a group of friends, brothers from other mothers, snails and rabbits from France, Mexico, Belgium, USA, and Russia decided to travel all the way to the French Alps to make this dream project come true. 

Here is a diagram explaining what we need in order to complete our film on time for 2017 Festival Submission Deadlines! We want to collect $6,000.00 to finish our film by June 2017! 

What is the story of Alice and Lewis? 

Alice and Lewis is a 20 minute short film that tells the story of Lewis Carroll, author of the famous children’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and his encounter with Alice Liddell. Set in Victorian England, Alice and Lewis chronicles the momentous encounter that pushed Carroll to write the timeless fantasy novel. 

Director's Statement: 

“I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,” said Alice a little timidly: “ but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” — Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll, 1865) 

What is life without childhood memories, dreams, and wonderment about new discoveries made every day? In today's fast-paced world of technology, children are often deprived of time they will never get back, to use their imaginations and create their own realities through play and magical thinking.

I created the film Alice and Lewis out of my own curiosity to revisit Alice's path through Wonderland but more importantly, to acknowledge and appreciate her reality as a child and the powerful, life-changing inspiration she gave Lewis Carroll to write his brilliant, unforgettable tale. My hope is that this fictionalized short film will remind its audience of the importance of the adult/child relationship in exploring the world together and to remember that childhood is precious and that none of us can go back to yesterday, except in our hearts and minds.

Elina Street Director | Writer | Producer of Alice and Lewis 

Who Stars in this Movie? 

Lollie McKenzie plays Alice Liddell 

(Still from Alice and Lewis. PC: Konstantin Lyubimov)
(Still from Alice and Lewis. PC: Konstantin Lyubimov)

Did you know that the real Alice from Alice in Wonderland was called Alice Liddell and she was a brunette in real life? We cast Lollie McKenzie to play the part. You may recognize her from when she played Matilda in West End's Matilda the Musical

 

Andrew Hawley plays Lewis Carroll

(Still from Alice and Lewis. PC: Konstantin Lyubimov)
(Still from Alice and Lewis. PC: Konstantin Lyubimov)

Did you know that Lewis Carroll was a great Mathematician and that after writing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), he wrote a book about Euclidean studies called Euclid and his Modern Rivals? We cast Andrew Hawley for the part. You may have seen him in Netflix TV Series Borgia in or in BBC1 TV Serives, Cuffs.

For more information about our cast visit: https://www.aliceandlewisfilm.com/cast/

How did this project come to life? 

 

Once upon a time, Franco-American Director, Writer, Elina Street decided to gather her friends to make her dream project come to life. She teamed up with Producer, Maxime Arthur Gibert and Executive Producer, Julia Steinberg who helped her create her production company, Behind the Door Productions, and convinced Lyman Creason, whom she had worked with on a TV Show and Feature Film in New York City to help her produce Alice and Lewis. Sharon Price Hyland agreed to be the casting director, and friends from New York University as well as work buddies from previous film shoots, family members, and childhood friends decided to help too. 

Suddenly, a movie was being made in France, in the snow, with real snails, a white rabbit and a child actress! 

The challenge was accepted by a crew of 15 people; our dream team included Director of Photography, Konstantin Lyubimov, who had collaborated on several shoots with Elina Street before; Mexican Director and Writer, Arturo Alanis, passionate about the fantasy horror genre who agreed to be the First Assistant Director; Remington Long, First Assistant Camera, who brought an Alexa Mini all the way from the USA to the French Alps; Art Director and Costume designer, Clara Lefebvre and Sandrine Lecompte who made all the period costumes by hand and stuffed them all in a small Peugeot car with all the props and drove 15 hours to get to set; Cordon Bleu chef and professional pastry chef, Barbara Jakusconek, also a fan of Alice in Wonderland, came all the way from Italy to cook 24/7 for the crew; Altair Karave, the property master and special effects who brought two puppet taxidermy white rabbits in his suitcase from the USA to France for the one Jan Svankmajer-esque dream sequence in Alice and Lewis; circus trainer, costumer, and tight rope walker, Lizzy Beth Elkins was the production designer; Jean-Francois Mabire, one of Paris' leading sound mixers, liked the script and agreed to work on the film for free; French Producer, Louise de Nexon jumped on the project late in the game, and saved the day with her work ethic, and energy; Briana Man, the Best Boy Electric, who not only worked out in the snow all day but lent her voice for the voice-over of Alice Liddell's mother, as well as participated in making the props; Jeremy Ligouri, Best Boy Grip who also stayed up until 3 AM to age paper with the rest of the crew; Ace Buckley, Gaffer, who night or day, rain or shine, ext or int, liked to wear silly hats on set; Spencer Slishman, Boom Operator; Nora Zubizaretta, 2nd AD who also swung from PA, to Art PA, to bunny wrangler; Joachim Pfefferkorn, DIT, and now editor, ran to the rescue on set to become our 2nd AC; Jeanne Fontaine, Parisian Documentary Editor... Needless to say, this was an unforgettable experience. And Marie-Helene and Laurent, Elina's aunt and uncle who were in the house from day one keeping everyone warm, fed and comfortable at all times. 

For more information, please contact elina@aliceandlewis.com and feel free to pick our brain on how to make a movie in the snow with little money, and the best team anyone could hope for. 

Visit: https://www.aliceandlewisfilm.com/crew/ for more biographies of our dream team. 

Left Row Back: Andrew Hawley (Actor), Lyman Creason (Producer), Lizzy Beth Elkins (Production Designer), Altair Karave (Property and SFX), Jeanne Fontaine (Script Supervisor), Clara Lefebvre (Art Director, HMU), Ace Buckley (Gaffer), Konstantin Lyubimov (Director of Photography), Middle Row: Nora Zubizarreta (2nd AD), Remington Long (1st AC), Louise de Nexon (Producer), Joachim Pfefferkorn (DIT and Editor), Sandrine Lecompte (Costume Designer, Production Design), Briana Man (Best Boy Electric, Props), Spencer Slishman (Boom Operator) 1st Row, Marie-Hélène (Elina's Auntie), Elina (Director), Barbara Jacusconek (Cook, Property Chef), Arturo Alanis (1st AD)

Thank you for reading! 

For more information about the film visit: https://www.aliceandlewisfilm.com/ and IMDB Internet Movie Database 

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Hashtags: #femaledirector #aliceinwonderland #shortfilm #whiterabbit #aliceandlewisfilm #fortheloveoffilms #filmtherapy #passionprojects #alice 

Trailer Credits: 
Director and Writer: Elina Street 
Produced by: Behind the Door Productions LLC 
Produced by: Maxime Arthur Gibert, Lyman Creason, Louise de Nexon, Elina Street
Cinematography by: Konstantin Lyubimov 
Edited by: Joachim Pfefferkorn
Color by: Jeremy Ligouri 
Music by: Li-Zong 
Cast: Lollie McKenzie, Andrew Hawley, Alison McKenna 

Risks and challenges

After shooting in a house with not heat, and getting our truck stuck in the snow a few times, post-production will be a lot smoother. That being said - we are chasing after the festival deadline clock!

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