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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 with spiritual undertones, based on a Coharie Native American legend, which combines real action with state of the art animation. This film will spotlight Native Americans in front 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 real 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 RoseCurse 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 local native of Swamp Ridge, NC, is hunting one early morning, when he sees an unusually bright star fall from the sky. Upon impact, an uncanny silence befalls the swampland and a demonic cry bellows throughout the countryside. Forest animals, great and small, scatter and Johnny runs frantically for his life before being dragged away by a powerful presence. At the same moment, Amos and Sarah Immanuel, Johnny's parents, are awakened by a ghastly 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 Inter-Tribal as well as White/Native American colonial hostilities, caused the Coharies to move to their pre-sent location between 1729 and 1746. Since this date, they have lived continuously as an Native American Tribe at or around the Little Coharie River.


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


- Executive Producer: Otgadahe Whitman-Fox

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 was 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

Art Designer: Kenan Marlin

Animator: Asher Marlin

Background designer: Trilby Fischbach

Projected Delivery Date: December 2020

Budget: $3 million USD