The Hanging Stranger
When a headstrong woman notices a dead body hanging in the center of her small, 1950’s town, she must use her sharp wit and the help of unlikely allies to remain undetected by a brainwashed population. This sci-fi, thriller will challenge selective ignorance both in our past, and in today's society.
Inclusion StatementOur project is about a strong-willed woman from the perspectives of a female director and two female producers. This film follows a relatable character as she confronts her discriminatory behaviors. We hope that the audience sees Erica’s development and questions society’s views on women and race.
About The Project
The Hanging Stranger
In the small, 1950s town of Ridgewater, Erica Loyce is a stubborn, hardworking woman that likes to spend her free time at the local tool shop. Nothing exciting ever happens in Ridgewater… until now.
After the world's first television sets are brought into the town's stores, the townspeople become entranced, and not long after people are acting a little different.
When Erica notices a dead body hanging in the middle of town and nobody else seems to notice, her confused panic brings on the unwanted attention of two police officers that may know something the others don’t.
With the help of friend, and local beatnik Samuel, Erica must escape the police and attempt to blend in or face the wrath of a brainwashed population.
Our project speaks to the experience of a woman and is informed by the perspectives of a female director and two female co-producers. Through this film, we hope to stop tip-toeing around racism in the white community and the way racist behavior is socialized and compartmentalized when interacting with people of color. Erica is lovable as a strong woman who deals with her own forms of discrimination, but she is also a character that needs to confront her own discriminatory behaviors. We hope the audience will be able to see themselves in both the positives and negatives of Erica’s character as well as question their own views about women and their own behavior in terms of race.
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About This Team
Katie is a screenwriter, director, and current senior at Loyola Marymount University. She is a double major in Film Production and Screenwriting, and is a sci-fi, thriller, historical, and adventure genre movie buff. (She has trouble picking a favorite.) She has written two feature scripts while in school and most recently wrote and directed the short film, Balance, a story about a passionate ballerina that finds strength in dance as she battle against self-image and the pressures to be thin. As she pursues a career in filmmaking, Katie aims to create content that carries themes of social justice and the promotion of a more inclusive, representative society.
Originally from New Mexico, USA, Haley Schlicht moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to pursue filmmaking at Loyola Marymount University. In pursuing her passions for everything from politics to music in visual media, she has directed two international documentaries in Ireland and Germany and was part of the producing team for a web series in Hong Kong. With filmmaking experience across the globe in everything from the impact of Brexit on the Irish border, to political activism and techno in Germany, to cultural identity in Hong Kong, Haley is excited to finally work on a project that hits closer to home. Channeling her experiences in political and social filmmaking, Haley is a part of the team bringing a fresh perspective in addressing The Hanging Stranger’s themes of media desensitization, sexism, and racism in the USA.
Laura is a young producer from Chicago, Illinois and a current senior at Loyola Marymount University. In 2018 she independently directed and produced "Skovbornehave" a short documentary about an outdoor kindergarten in Denmark. She is incredibly excited to produce a project like Katies because of its ambitious story and passionate team.