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‘No Alternative’ Filters Early ’90s Music Through the Experiences of a Teenage Girl

'No Alternative' Filters Early '90s Music Through the Experiences of a Teenage Girl

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No Alternative

Logline: Based on the celebrated novel by author and filmmaker William Dickerson, “No Alternative” is a coming-of-age family drama that blasts open the world of Grunge-era teenagers in the early 90’s.

Elevator Pitch: 
When: the early 90’s. Where: the American suburbs. Thomas Harrison, 17, is determined to start his own Grunge band, an obsession that blinds him to what’s either the mental collapse or eruption of musical genius of his younger sister, Bridget, 15. Bridget boldly rejects her brother’s music, and the music of an entire generation of slackers, by taking on the persona of a Gangsta’ Rapper named “Bri Da B.”

What “Dazed and Confused” did for 70’s movie-going nostalgia, “No Alternative” will do for 90’s moviegoing nostalgia.

Production Team:
Director: William Dickerson
Screenwriters: William Dickerson & Dwight Moody
Director of Photography: Rob Kraetsch

William Dickerson is an award-winning filmmaker and author. His debut feature film “Detour,” which he wrote and directed, was hailed as an “Underground Hit” by The Village Voice, an “emotional and psychological roller-coaster ride” by The Examiner, and nothing short of “authentic” by The New York Times. He self-released his metafictional satire, “The Mirror,” which opened YoFi Fest’s inaugural film festival in 2013, and recently completed his third feature film, “Don’t Look Back.” His first book, “No Alternative,” was declared, “a sympathetic coming-of-age story deeply embedded in ’90s music” by Kirkus Reviews. His latest book, “DETOUR: Hollywood: How To Direct a Microbudget Film (or any film, for that matter)” is available now.

About the Film:
There’s one story that’s unique to each of us. For me, it’s “No Alternative.”

The character of “Bri Da B” is based on my sister, who suffered from mental illness. When the character of Bridget becomes “Bri Da B,” that transformation into someone else lessens her pain. My sister’s life was a battle fought against borderline personality disorder, addiction and suicide. A battle she succumbed to on July 1, 2014.

“No Alternative” seeks to destigmatize mental illness. If the film starts a conversation and emotionally affects just one person enough for that person to seek help, it’ll be a success.

Current Status: I am currently in pre-production and raising money for each aspect of production, from pre-production to post.

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