Film / Directing

BIRDBOY

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY LEE DOUGLASS

MUSIC BY DON CHERRY AND NANA VASCONCELOS

An alcoholic traveling preacher and Fluteboy, his sidekick, run scam sermons and phony testimonials to the power of the Word for donations from an illerate populous in colonial American. The preacher’s main attraction to the power of Satan is boy that believes he is a bird with a broken wing. The preacher keeps the deformed and handicapped boy in a cage  The preacher’s brand of side-show religion proves lucrative and brings in ample donations to buy the preacher liquor and while ‘saving’ a few souls.  This  sheriff of the nearby town to the camp site where they capture Birdboy. He is brought to ‘justice’ when he is subjected to an exorcisim known as a witch-pricking. 

In spite of endless tortuous pricks with needles, the town witch-pricker can not find any evidence that the boy was possessed by the Devil. Near death from his wounds, he is laid out in his blood soaked robes on a raft and sent down the river to die. Devastated by the treatment of his friend, Fluteboy runs along the shoreline, following the journey of the raft when suddenly he sees Birdboy stand upright for the first time, his white robes blowing in the winds. 

THE LIFE YOU SAVe MAY BE YOUR OWN

BASED ON THE SHORT STORY BY FLANNERY O’CONNOR

ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY LEE DOUGLASS

One evening, Tom T. Shiftlet arrives at the desolate and bedraggled farmhouse of Mrs. Lucynell Crater and her 32 year old, mentally handicapped, deaf-mute daughter, also named Lucynell. Mrs. Crater sees Shiftlet as someone who is a potential husband for her daughter and extolls the virtues of a wife "that can't talk or can't sass you back …."  

 

Shiftlet, spies an old rusted truck in the yard and agrees to stay on the farm, make repairs around the place in exchange for food and a place to sleep. Within a week, Shiftlet has made numerous repairs around the place, has taught the deaf-mute daughter to speak a single word — bird — and has gained the trust of Mrs. Crater. 

Shiftlet succeeds in resurrecting the truck, and then plays Mrs. Crater for all he can get. When Mrs. Crater, "ravenous for a son-in-law," offers a mortgage-free farm with "a well that never runs dry"; Shiftlet agrees to marry Lucynell on the condition that she will give him money to take Lucynell on a  honeymoon. They settle on $75.00.

“The monks of old slept in their coffins” 

THE LOVELY LEAVE

 

BASED ON THE SHORT STORY

 

BY DOROTHY PARKER

 ADAPTED FOR THE SCREEN BY LEE DOUGLASS

DIRECTED BY CLAIRE STANSFELD

The Lovely Leave is a war story from a domestic point of view. The narrative is set in the United States, New York City during World War II and examines the effects of war upon a marriage. Steve has been granted a 24 hour leave. Mimi’s sentiments are that “There he stood, in their little apartment, a dashing stranger in strange, dashing garments’, foreshadow the conflict that permeates the relationship she has with her husband. Steve and Mimi McVicker struggle to reconnect due to Steve’s deployment to the battlefields of Europe with his troops. The battle the husband fights i parallel to the battle within the marriage. Once a happily married couple, Steve and Mimi now recreate the war in their home.