Winning ROMANCE Short Script: Purgatory A Love Story by Alice L. Lee
An arrogant, self satisfied man named, RICHARD (DICK) YORK, has the misfortunate of insulting the wrong witches in New York City’s Central Park. Turned into a toad and unable to lie, Dick must find a true love and loyal heart to break the spell. In this world of Facebook, Snap Chats and Tweets, would a toad be able to get anyone to spare a moment to help him, much less be his true love and loyal heart?
Abby: Carina Cojeen
Alys: Katelyn Varadi
Olivia: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Narration: Zena Driver
Richard: Russell Batcher
Helena: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Katherine: Rachel Rain Packota
Frog/Tom: Hugh Ritchie
A. L. Lee received an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. Her screenplay The Legend of Pig-Eye, which is an adaptation of the short story with the same title by Rick Bass, won the top prize in Film Division Screenwriting Competition.
Her short film, the good boy, has been selected by over 60 film festivals and has won 10 awards for the film including Best Film, Best Foreign Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
A. L. Lee wrote and directed Artemis & the Astronaut. In 2016, she was awarded a production grant from NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts). The NYSCA award combined with funds raise through IFP (Independent Film Projects), A. L. Lee was able to make Artemis & the Astronaut.
She originally trained as a violinist at the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory.
She lives in New York City with her husband, two sons and two cats.
“Purgatory: A Love Story” is a script for the third short film in a trilogy. I’ve already made the other two films: “the good boy” and “Artemis & the Astronaut”.
Purgatory: A Love Story is about courtship and finding the right mate. In a world where couples spend more time Snap Chatting and Tweeting than talking face to face, I wanted to take all of the electronics away and have an old fashioned fairy tale, but with women characters who made sense to me.
I am a writer/director, so if I can raise the funds, I plan to shoot this as a live action film, where the toad will be played by an actor and not animated.
“the good boy”, a film that I completed in 2015 has won numerous awards (Best Film, Best Foreign Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor)
“Artemis & the Astronaut”, completed 2018 is just starting it’s festival run. Lynn Cohen was nominated for Best Actor at the Soho International Film Festival. “Artemis & the Astronaut” was first runner up for Best Short Film at Albuquerque Film and Music Experience.
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