MAD POSSUM PICTURES will produce a film approximately 18-20 minutes in length, for the Fort Smith Visitor’s Center. STEP INTO: MISS LAURA’S will dramatize the “hey day” of Miss Laura’s Bordello; 1911 through the late 20’s. Through the eyes and recollections of Bertha Dean, we will follow her days as a working girl for the astute but illusive Laura Ziegler, and through Bertha’s eventual purchase and years as the reigning “madam” of the house.
STEP INTO MISS LAURA’S will provide a compelling visual tool for the House’s thousands of annual guests. With the projected opening of the Marshal’s Museum in 2017, an even greater number of visitors should be expected. We anticipate that our production will enhance, but not replace, the already excellent informative tour provided by Miss Laura’s volunteers, by focusing on the human interest and imaginative aspects of Miss Laura’s story.
After consultation and research with management (Fort Smith A and P officers Claude Legris and Carolyn Joyce) Mad Possum will submit a script for approval. Once the script is signed off on, MPP will oversee and exercise creative control of the film’s creation: from pre-production, to casting, sets, props, costuming, musical scoring etc., through editing and post-production.
As an incentive, Mad Possum would also propose an agreement to work with A and P on producing a marketable DVD to be provided for sale in Miss Laura’s Gift Shop. This version would include additional scenes and “bonus features” including interviews with Carolyn Joyce, and documentary style information on the house’s history, architecture, etc. not covered in the shorter screened version.
We are excited about the possibility of re-creating for you a glimpse into Miss Laura’s through our camera lens. Mad Possum has earned national recognition through our Emmy award winning- STEP INTO: THE KING OPERA HOUSE, and we are certain that our creative team will produce an outstanding film that you will be proud to screen to Fort Smith visitors for years to come.
Thank you for your consideration!
Devon Parks, Director