Following a cataclysmic event which left the Earth without technology or power, Sam (Belle Adams)—a book-obsessed girl in her late teens—lives in seclusion with her two mother-figures (Carrie Walrond Hood & Sophie Edwards). But after an accident, she’s pushed out of her protective world and forced to put her makeshift parents’ opposing world-views to the test as she faces the physical and emotional challenges of a world reclaimed by nature.
If you’re anything like us, you long for something deeper than the never-ending stream of reboots, adaptations, sequels and sequels to the rebooted adaptations. You want to see:
movies that you connect with emotionally,
movies that present unique perspectives from under-represented voices, and
movies that challenge you long after you leave the theater.
And in the Summer of 2017, we set out to make a movie just like that. We took a crew of 20 indie filmmakers up to the North Georgia mountains to shoot This World Alone: a post-apocalyptic feature film exploring mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and the timely question: “Is there room for empathy and compassion in a ‘dog-eat-dog’ world?”
The loudest voices in society have a way of drowning out those of the marginalized. We believe that everyone has something unique to say and we strive to give them an equal platform to say it—through what we put on screen and how we treat the people who help us put it there. With This World Alone, we set out to tell a female empowerment story in front of and behind the cameras with half our cast & crew being women (including our Producers, Director of Photography, Production Designer, and Special Effects Supervisor) bringing a unique perspective along with their talent.
We hope you’re able to join us on our journey and see the film in a festival near you:
Belle Adams “Sam”
Belle has had a number of featured roles on TV including Speechless, Grown-ish, and Bizaardvark. She also performs monthly at the Ruby in L.A. with her improv group Chased By Bear. If that level of talent isn’t enough to make you sick, she is also a singer-songwriter and director. She wrote, directed, and starred in the web series Time Being, currently making the festival rounds. Originally from occasionally sunny Atlanta, she now resides in always sunny L.A. She says of her character, Sam: “Sam has lived a contained life. Growing up in the same house, and only allowed within a certain distance from it. She is hungry and curious to know more, to experience more, and ultimately to have her own freedom.”
Carrie Walrond Hood “Connie”
Carrie is an actor and producer from Atlanta, GA. You might recognize her from such feature film productions as the Accountant, and Single Mom’s Club. She also stars in the Lifetime movie Terror in the Woods and in the upcoming film The Front Runner starring Hugh Jackman. She’s also been featured on TV shows like Kevin (probably) save the World, Finding Carter, and a recurring role on Devious Maids. She can also be seen soon in Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and Crackle’s The Oath. She says what she’d miss most about living in a post-apocalyptic world is: “1. Wine. 2. Clean water 3. Wine”
Lau’rie “Re” Roach “Dart”
Re graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. He’s performed at Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. He most recently starred in the comedy web series Po Psi Broke, (currently making the film festival rounds). He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA. When asked what he hopes people walk away from This World Alone with: “Fear cripples us and it causes us to think irrationally. Things get hard, yes. But fear shouldn’t be the ultimate feeling to deal with these type of hardships. You never know what you can overcome once you are confident enough to tackle it head-on.”
Sophie Edwards “Willow”
Sophie has been featured on the TV show MacGyver, performed at the Whole World Improv Theatre in Atlanta, Studied Theater & English at Emory University, and is a regular fixture in the popular “Tripp & Tyler” videos on YouTube. She says her character Willow was inspired by her dad: “Willow is a peace-maker and an encourager. She reminds me a lot of my dad. He’s definitely the peace-maker of the family.”
Brandon O’Dell “Levi”
Brandon can be seen just about everywhere in the Atlanta theatre & film scene. He’s been featured on TV shows like Vice Principals, Stranger Things, Ozark, MacGyver, and Halt and Catch Fire, and can be seen in movies like Selma, I, Tonya, and The Mist. He’s also starred in numerous theater performances at the Alliance and Aurora Theatre in Atlanta .
"Echoes of David Gordon Green and Stand By Me, post-apocalyptic, poetic, lyrical, quiet but incredibly suspenseful story of survival, loneliness, family, trust, mothers and daughters, and love. A brave, beautiful film.”
- Kristen, Birmingham, AL
"A moving tale with solid performances, spot on pacing, and endless beautiful cinematography. A touching story that is unique and pulls at the heart.”
– Thomas, Athens, GA
"A beautiful character study about life, death, and everything in between.”
- Greg, Los Angeles, CA
“Genuine, humble, compelling."
- Jennifer, Almeda, CA
"Captivating. The setting was used beautifully to advance both the story and to film some purely aesthetically beautiful shots.”
– Xhenet, Athens, GA