Curse of the Cry Baby
Feature | English | USA
Production Status: In Development
Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi thriller
Tagline: A journey to the pits of Hell and back.
Logline: After her town is besieged by locusts and other plagues, Natalie discovers that one of her buddies is missing. She finds the “hellhole” where he is held captive and needs to convince the Preacher and the townspeople to face their fears and rescue him. Based on Native Coharie Legend, combining live-action and state-of-the-art animation.
Curse of the Cry Baby is based on a Coharie Native American legend, which combines both live-action and state-of-the-art animation. The film, with its spiritual undertones, spotlights Native Americans in front of, as well as behind the camera.
From Emmy award-winning director, Keith Carter, and veteran award-winning producer, Carol Bidault de l'Isle, comes Curse of the Cry Baby, a supernatural thriller based on the Coharie Native American legend. With its spiritual undertones, the film tells a story of redemption and faith, combining live-action and state-of-the-art animation. The style of the production is similar to that of Robert Rodriguez's Sin City, while the emphasis of the story is comparable to The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Curse of the Cry Baby is a metaphysical journey that, literally, drags our protagonist to the deepest pits of Hell and back.
Natalie Carter, a 19-year-old, local native of Swamp Ridge, NC, and member of the Coharie community, attends the annual Powwow, where she, along with the rest of the community members witness an unusually, bright star fall from the sky. Upon its impact, everyone feels the earthquake tremor it causes.
At the same moment, Amos and Sarah Picker, Natalie’s fellow congregation members, are awakened by a haunting commotion coming from their barnyard. Amos goes to investigate, where he discovers that one of his prized cows has just given birth to a red heifer, who 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 North Carolina, with current tribal roll has 3,032 members. The Coharies descend from the aboriginal tribe of the Neusiok Indians and moved to their present location between 1729 and 1746 due to American colonial hostilities. 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 other assortments 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.
•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 brings with her 30-plus years of film industry experience in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Ms. Bidault is currently producing over ten 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.
Otgadahe was born in North Dakota, but was raised in Arizona; she 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
FINANCING IN PLACE: 65% (In Equity and Tax incentives)
Promo reel for "CRY BABY"
Carol Bidault de l'Isle
Extended PowWow footage - "CRY BABY"