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Curse of the Cry Baby

Feature   |   English   |  USA

Production Status: In Development


Curse of the Cry Baby is a Sci-Fi thriller based on a Coharie Native American legend, which combines live action with state-of-the-art animation, with spiritual undertones. This film will spotlight Native Americans in front of, as well as behind, the camera. 


Curse of the Cry Baby is a supernatural thriller, with spiritual undertones, based on the Coharie Native American legend. It is a movie of redemption and faith that combines live action with state of the art animation. The style of the production is similar to Robert Rodriguez's Sin City and the emphasis of the story is comparable to The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Curse of the Cry Baby is a metaphysical journey that will literally drag our protagonist to the deepest pits of Hell and back. From Emmy award-winning director, Keith Carter, and veteran award-winning producer, Carol Bidault de l'Isle.


Johnny Immanuel, a 17 year-old local native of Swamp Ridge, NC, and the Coharie community attend the annual Powwow where they all witness an unusually bright star fall from the sky. Upon its impact, everyone feels the earthquake it causes. Early the next morning, Johnny meets up with his friend, they sense an uncanny silence befall the swampland and hear a demonic cry bellow throughout the countryside. Forest animals, great and small, scatter and the boys run frantically for their lives before being dragged away by a powerful force. At the same moment, Amos and Sarah Immanuel, Johnny's parents, are awakened by a haunting commotion coming from the barnyard. Amos goes to investigate. One of his prized cows has just given birth to a red heifer, which is being eaten alive by a swarm of ravenous locusts. Unbeknownst to Amos, this grisly encounter is part of a series of apocalyptic events that are about to unfold, including an opening of a 'Hell Hole' which will release an ancient diabolical entity known as Abaddon, the gatekeeper to the bottomless pit. "Woe unto the earth, the Wrath of God is about to be unleashed."  


About the Coharie Tribe: 

The present population of the Coharie Indian Tribe is located in the southeastern region of the State of North Carolina in the counties of Harnett and Sampson. The Coharies descend from the aboriginal tribe of the Neusiok Indians. The current tribal roll has 3,032 members, with approximately 20% of these members residing outside the tribal communities. Historical movements, initiated by intertribal as well as White/Native American colonial hostilities, caused the Coharies to move to their present location between 1729 and 1746. Since this date, they have lived continuously as an Native American Tribe at or around the Little Coharie River.


About the Coharie Myth of the Cry Baby: 

According to legend, when Coharie mothers heard strangers approaching their village, they gathered their children and softly whispered, “Shhh,” to quiet them until the strangers passed. You can hear the same sound today as the wind blows through the whispering pines.


About the filmmakers:

- Live Action Director: Jerry Mosemak (IMDB link)

Jerry Mosemak has over 20 years of experience in interactive design, illustration, branding, animation and storytelling on web, mobile, and print platforms. It was at USA TODAY that Jerry grew into the storyteller and filmmaker that he is today. His experience as a storyteller grew out of providing direction and working alongside video and multimedia teams in the field and newsroom to produce visual stories through writing, data analysis, animation, and interactive design. In 2012, Jerry led the team in producing an interactive story that finished as a Pulitzer finalist in Explanatory Reporting. In 2013, Jerry art-directed and produced his first indie film, “The Rangers”. That same year, The Forge Studios was founded by Jerry and his partners in “The Rangers”. With The Forge, he produced several sci-fi, fantasy, and an assortment of short films. In 2015, he left USA Today to pursue his dream of owning and operating his own design and film production studio, WarPaint Studios LLC. A native of Virginia, Jerry now resides in Kansas City with his wife Connie, where he continues to write and produce films and art for the studio and clients such as Facebook, National Rural Electric Cooperative, celebrity influencers and many others. Jerry is a member of the Coharie Indian Tribe, one of the nine tribes of North Carolina.


- Creator/Writer: Keith Carter (IMDB link)

Keith Carter, the director/creator of Orlok The Vampire in 3D, is a Native American of Coharie descent. In the mid-90s, Mr. Carter began a career in animation with a D.C.-based studio called News In Motion. While working with such clientele as Disney, Lucas Films, PBS and National Geographic, Mr. Carter developed his craft for high-end animated storytelling. Keith Carter is also the Emmy Award-winning creator of Savingman for ABC.

Additional credits:

•Director: Captain Amazing-Lad Saves America

•Director: Orlok The Vampire in 3D and 2D

•Art Director: The Real Economy (PBS)

•Director: Creation & Hope: The Movie


- Producer: Carol Bidault de l’Isle (IMDB link)

Carol Bidault is an award-winning international motion picture and television producer. Her company, MediaFusion, specializes in media asset evaluations, acquisitions, and management, as well as financing and distribution. Ms. Bidault de l’Isle also brings with her 30-plus years of film industry experience in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Currently, Ms. Bidault is producing over 10 productions. 


- Associate Producer: Otgadahe Whitman-Fox (IMDB link

Otgadahe Whitman-Fox is Mandan, Hidasta, and Arikira from the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation of North Dakota. Otgadahe works with several non-profit organizations including Stagecoach Foundation.  She was born in North Dakota, but raised in Arizona. Otgadahe was majorly influenced when her mother, Kathy Whitman-Elk Woman, worked as the Cultural Consultant for the movie Dead Man, written & directed by Jim Jarmusch. Quickly, Otgadahe started creating and developing her own brand.  She first worked as a casting agent for MTV’s Room Raiders while they filmed in Phoenix, AZ. Otgadahe took her career further and moved to Santa Fe, NM and since has worked with many other film festivals including Truth or Consequences Film Festival and The CineFesta.


Production Counsel: Claire Ambrosio

Budget: $1.5 million USD


Promo reel for "CRY BABY"

Jerry Mosemak
Carol Bidault de l'Isle
Keith Carter