LOGLINE: An innocent game of hide and seek between a lonely preacher's daughter and a forgotten Mexican American girl sparks a friendship that changes both girls lives forever.
I'll Hide, You Seek is a beautiful, haunting film with an award winning creative team. Alice, our painfully shy young heroine, is an old soul with a vivid imagination. Having just moved next door to a historic cathedral in New York City with her mother and father (the new Episcopal priest), she’s still grieving the loss of her former life and having a hard time making friends. But despite all this, we soon discover that she is curious, courageous, and most important to our story, she believes in magic and ghosts…
I'll Hide, You Seek is literally and figuratively a story about being lost and found. A story about being seen, and known. We use the spiritual and the supernatural to look at the very human story of a little girl lost. And of parents who are too lost in their own struggles to help her. Told primarily through the eyes of our 8 year old heroine, Alice. We discover that despite her loneliness and struggles, she still has a beautiful child-like sense of wonder, trust and belief that anything is possible.
We first meet Alice, sitting alone, longingly watching a group of children play in a beautiful square that sits in the shadows of a historic church. Alice and her family have just moved to the city. Her father is the new Episcopal priest at said church, and Alice is having trouble making friends. But all that changes when she meets, Caroline, a mysterious little girl, in the sanctuary of her father’s new Parish. “Want to play hide and seek?” Caroline asks her. And with Alice’s yes, begins a three day friendship that will change both girls forever.
When I first started writing this film, I knew I wanted to write a story that took children seriously. Their thoughts, their feelings, their loneliness, their courage. I thought it was good story with a great twist. And as I started to write, the story was deeply affecting me, subconsciously awakening my own struggles as a child, and growing my empathy for the challenges of growing up, most especially for girls.
Now, when it came to casting the girls, which Ann Goulder did an amazing job, I knew that I wanted the "forgotten girl" to be played by Mexican American actress Sophia Luna Smith. The history of St. George’s Church in New York City, where we shot the sanctuary and bell tower scenes, greatly influenced the storytelling for me. The Church founded a school for immigrant children from the nearby Lower East Side around the turn of the 19th century, and I wanted Sophia to represent them in the film. At the time I cast her, I had no idea that a few months later our country would be shamefully separating immigrant children from their parents. But that's what happens with art. The story takes on a life of its own.
One of the recurring themes in my storytelling is this belief that the very thing that hurts us is what has the power to heal us, if we have the courage to move beyond our fear. In a world that is so polarized, lacking in empathy, and afraid of people’s “otherness,” this simple and haunting story speaks of healing and connection. A way through it all, told through the eyes of a child. And in the end, not only do these two girls grow and learn how much they need each other, they set each other free. If even one person who watches this film sees that no matter who they are or where they come from, that they are worthy, brave and capable of doing magical things, then making this film will have been worth it.
ANNE RICHARDSON writer + director
Anne Richardson is an actor, writer and filmmaker in New York City. Anne has worked as an actor in film, tv and commercials for over 15 years, and is a member of Drama Desk & Obie Award Winning Theatre Company The Barrow Group. She is a 2007 LAByrinth Theatre Company Artistic Fellow. As a screenwriter, her thriller BABY OBSESSION premiers on Lifetime in October. She has 3 pilots being packaged for TV, and 2 movies in development with Lifetime and The Hallmark Channel. She is a 2018 Sundance Episodic Writer’s Lab semi-finalist. Anne’s real passion is bringing her own films to life, starting with I’LL HIDE, YOU SEEK (short) and next her feature DELIVER ME, a social horror thriller. With an insatiable love of storytelling and conviction for social justice, Anne has a passion for inclusive stories that dig deep into human characters while challenging social thought. What drives her creatively is how to make films with artistic depth that also thrill and entertain.
MICHAEL HAUSMAN executive producer
Michael Hausman is an award winning Producer and Assistant Director of feature films and movies for television and long time member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Among the most prominent films Hausman has worked on are those those directed by Milos Forman, with whom Hausman worked with for over 30 years. Hausman has acted as either a Producer, Assistant Director or Production Manager on such Milos Forman films as Taking Off (1971), Hair (1979), Ragtime (1981), Amadeus (1984), Valmont (1989), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Man on the Moon (1999) and Goya's Ghosts (2006). Other career highlights include work as the UPM on The Heartbreak Kid (1972), The Firm (1993) and Gangs of New York (2002); and assistant director for such films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Recount (2008), Taking Woodstock (2009) and The Green Hornet (2011). Hausman has been on the directorial teams of three films that have won a DGA Award; Amadeus and Brokeback Mountain for Feature Films, and Recount in the Movies for Television category. Hausman has also won a Primetime Emmy as a producer on Recount.
JODY LYN FLYNN producer
Jody is an actor and film & theatre producer in New York City. Recent film credits include Approaching Normal, Spin and 8:46. Recent TV: Louie and Sherry’s Kitchen. Jody's producing credits include the Tony Award winning musical Come From Away and Joan of Arc, both on Broadway. She is pursuing her M.F.A. in producing & development at UCLA and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Acting from Iowa State University & Circle in the Square Theater School. She is a 2007 LAByrinth Theatre Company artistic fellow, where she and director Anne Richardson first met.
AIDAN SCHULTZ-MEYER cinematographer
Aidan Schultz-Meyer is a New York City based cinematographer with a passion for visual storytelling, most especially in the psychological and horror-thriller genres. Aidan has shot over a dozen indie films including Mondays (2009), Weary Sun (2010), The Demon Deep in Oklahoma (2013), Indigo (2014), The Taking of Ezra Bodine (2015), and Ambassador of Rhythm (2017). He has been nominated for best cinematography in a feature by the Orlando Film Festival and Portsmouth International Film Festival for his work on Indigo (2014). And won The Award of Merit for Cinematography for The Demon Deep in Oklahoma (2013).
NIKOLA CHAPELLE sound
Nikola Chapelle is a French native New York based Production Sound Mixer. Having studied in Paris with various sound recording masters, his diverse background influenced his exposure to the world of sound. Nikola specializes in production sound recording for Feature documentary. He also works in television and feature film. His extensive travel experiences have shaped his passion for sound recording on location. His career has brought him to work on all kind of projects across continents and cultures, telling and sharing the stories of many people from all over the world
JULIA KOTS + MAYA ELANY editors
Julia Kots is an award winning filmmaker and editor with an incredible sense of visual storytelling. Best known for the final edit of My Week With Marilyn (2011), Julia has worked as an editor for TV and film for over 10 years, including The Tempest (2010), Half-Life (2011), Secrets of the Dead (2014) and Saint Janet (2014). As a filmmaker Julia won the 2011 Mumbai International Queer Film Festival Audience Award, as well as the Dallas Video Festival’s Jury Award for Best Dramatic short for her film New Business (2007), and was nominated for the Gold Hugo for Best Short at The Chicago International Film Festival for her film Naturalized (2006).
Maya Elany is a filmmaker, freelance editor and comedian based in New York City. She has worked on programs such as PBS’s Art21 as well as various short films and comedy sketches. Maya graduated from Oberlin College and Prague Film school where she studied film production and created both narrative and documentary films.
ALEX J. WESTON composer
Alex Weston is a composer and pianist living in New York City. He has had works premiered by the Lyrica Chamber Music Ensemble, the Utah Wind Symphony, the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic, MADArt Creative and other ensembles, and received awards from ASCAP and the English National Opera. Alex also currently works as music assistant to Philip Glass.
As a film score composer, Alex’s last feature-length project, titled Rover, premiered at the Slamdance Festival in 2014. His most recent feature, titled H., premiered at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, and is part of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He has also scored numerous short films. Alex recently contributed music to The Affair on Showtime, and an upcoming Ken Burns documentary series, The Emperor of All Maladies, on PBS.
LEE SALEVAN sound editor
Lee Salevan is a sound designer and editor living in New York City. Recent films as sound recordist include A QUIET PLACE, LADYBIRD, AMERICAN ASSASSIN, MOTHER! and SPLIT. He is currently working on M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS. He and his wife just had their first baby, so we are thrilled he agreed to come on board and work with us.
HILARY ROSENFELD production + costume design
Hilary Rosenfeld is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch Department of Theatre and Film Design. She has an extensive resume as a costume designer with a long list of independent films, studio productions, and television projects to her credit. As a costume designer, she is probably best known for the runaway hit “Dirty Dancing.” Some of her other costume design credits include “Dessert Bloom”, “Dominick and Eugene”, “No Mercy”, “At Close Range”, “Eyewitness”, “Heartland”,“Triumph of the Spirit”, “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” and the soon to be released indy film "No Letting Go." Her costume designs for theatre and opera have been seen on Broadway, Off Broadway, in regional theaters, at Juilliard and at the Public Theatre where she enjoyed a rewarding collaboration with Elizabeth Swados. Ms Rosenfeld’s career has also taken her into production design where her credits include the PBS program “Rickover: The Father of Nuclear Power”, “Downtown Express”, the award winning short “Unburden” for the Jacob Burns Film Center. Her production design has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival with such note worthy films as “Human Error” and “Caught”.
ANN GOULDER casting
Ann Goulder is a film and television casting director best known for her work on The Black Swan (2010), The Nanny Diaries (2007), JFK (1991), Adventureland (2009) and Requiem for a Dream (2000) among many others. Ann was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special for The Laramie Project (2002).
ISABEL HARPER LEIGHT (Alice)
Isabel Harper Leight is an actor and singer who lives in New York City. Isabel’s television credits include “Blue Bloods” and “Law and Order: SVU”. Favorite theatre roles include Babe in the “Pajama Game”; the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz”; and Timon in “The Lion King”. She speaks Spanish and French; and enjoys singing, baseball, tennis, piano, and taekwondo. She is an avid Mets fan.
SOPHIA LUNA SMITH (Caroline)
Sophia Luna Smith was born and raised in New York City. This is her very first time working as an actor in a film. Sophia performs in the St. George's Youth Choir, studies piano, and has played the lead in the St. George's Christmas Pageant (a 100 year old tradition) for the past 3 years. She and director Anne Richardson started to talk about how fun it would be to make a movie about a group of kids who play hide and seek in the sanctuary of an old church, not realizing that their new found friend is a ghost. I'll Hide You Seek was inspired by their imaginations.
CARLY SULLIVAN (Maggie)
Carly Sullivan, born in Plantation, Florida, is an actress, writer and producer who can most recently be seen for her recurring role alongside Chris Meloni in Syfy's hit show, Happy! Sullivan started her career as a professional ballet dancer and transitioned to acting after seriously injuring herself. She went on to study with Charlie Sandlan and Maggie Flanigan at the Maggie Flanigan Conservatory in New York, as well as taking up classes at UCB. She's appeared in numerous other shows and movies, including Blue Bloods and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her two cats, and just finished working on her mini docu-series pilot, Creative Lite.
CHRISTOPHER J. DOMIG (Dave)
Christopher is an actor and artistic director in New York City. Recent film credits Left Undone, Tenants, and Crooked & Narrow. Recent TV: Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Black List, Law & Order: SVU, Blindspot and The Deuce. www.christopherdomig.com
KAMEL BOUTROS (Choir Master)
Kamel graduated from the Curtis Institute with a MA degree in Opera performance. He is an award winning opera singer and actor. Recent film credits include Hello Lonesome, The Collective, While the Widow Was Away, and The Death of Klinghoffer. His portfolio includes performances with pianist Martha Argerich in Europe and Japan. In the Edinburgh Festival, he sang Mamoud in Death of Klinghoffer. At the Metropolitan Opera he sang in Carmen, Capriccio, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Madame Butterfly, La Boheme and Roméo et Juliette, as well as in a gala concert with the late Luciano Pavarotti conducted by James Levine.
Anne Richardson (writer + director)
Jody Lyn Flynn (producer)
In a world that has become so deeply divided and lacking in empathy, this little film speaks of connection and healing, and reminds us that we need each other. And speaking of needs, we still need about $5K to finish post production, hit the festival circuit, and spread our message to a world that desperately needs it. Click on the donate button above to help us make it happen.