Evelyn Benett inherits her family home after her grandmother dies. The house has few memories, but she decides to move in any way. Strange occurrences begin to happen around her, and a family secret reveals itself.
Mission StatementI feel everyone loves and has strong bonds with their family, but the minute you look deep into an ancestor, you find something disturbing. My team and I want to tell a modern Southern Gothic tale about family secrets, fear of the unknown, and how bigotry controls the old south.
About The Project
Evelyn Benett has a wonderful and caring family; there are no secrets or issues. One day, Evelyn inherits her family home after her grandmother dies. The house has few memories, but she decides to move in any way. The place has been lifeless for three years now, and not a soul had wandered the halls since her parents placed her grandmother into assisted living before she died. As Evelyn tries to bring life to the house, something stirs within the empty halls. Who's papers and letters is she finding, and who was the woman in the yard?
My creative team and I have grown up in the South, hearing stories of haunted houses and ghosts. We want to tell a story that is part ghost story and a Southern Gothic tale, how tragedy haunts a family. It has been our passion project for the last two years, with much care going into the script. We want to ensure we tell a good story that will grip our audience and leave them hanging onto every scene.
Who We Are
What set's us apart from other films? It's our talented cast and crew who believe in this project. Our team wants to tell a compelling, story-driven project that impacts the viewer. We want to show off the skills we have honed over the years from our years in college. Our team comprises alumni and students from the University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama.
When I originally wrote The Visitant, I intended it to be my thesis film project. However, like the rest of the world, COVID halted those plans. Now that we have ways of making the set safe and COVID is under control, we want to film now.
Currently, our film is in the process of pre-production, with production starting soon. Once finished, we will have a premiere and begin the festival run for The Visitant. We will announce when the premiere and which film festivals we attended through our Instagram page.
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About This Team
The Visitant team mainly comes from the area of North Alabama and Alumni/current students of The University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama.
Ella Neal is "Evelyn"
Ella Neal is a junior at the University of North Alabama majoring in Cinematic Arts and Theater with a concentration in Acting for Stage & Screen. She has performed in student practicum films, in UNA's One Act Festival as Annabelle in Michele A. Miller's The Conversation, in Bryan McHenry's film MOSAIC as Ashley Perault, and as Amy March in Katie Hamill's Little Women directed by Keelie Sheridan. She is very excited to be working on The Visitant with these talented filmmakers to create something wonderful!
Claire Whitehead is "Rebecca/The Ghost"
and Production Designer
Claire began acting at the age of 10 and has been involved in numerous productions since, both on stage and screen. Some of her favorite roles include Lucy Westenra in Nosferatu, Bella in Colouring the Void, and Kimberly Talbot in Picture Day. Off-screen, her film credits include production design, head of sound, makeup, and craft services.
Jean Leah Atkins is "Charlotte"
Jean Leah Atkins is a junior at the University of Alabama majoring in Music Production with a minor in English and Theatre. She has performed in several student practicum films for the University of North Alabama as well as several staged productions. These include UNA’s production of “Macbeth,” “Is This Seat Taken?” and UA’s production of “The Flick.” She has also acted in the “Queens” and “Can’t Stay Away” music videos for Florence, AL’s very own Carver Commodore band. She is excitedly anticipating the opportunity to act in “The Visitant” and to once again work with the talented UNA filmmakers that helped mold the foundation for her acting career.
Director and Writer
William Geiger is an alumnus of the University of North Alabama. He graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production. He has worked on many projects during his time at UNA, collaborating with his fellow students to create memorable films. He has worked on such films as a sound recordist on Think Tank, Goldbars, Leo's Love, Playlist, and Alone, Together. He's directed The Shape, which showed at the UNA George Lindsey Film Festival and the Steel Reel Film Festival, and Ashes.
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