The Girl Who Died is a supernatural horror film--a Southern Gothic tragedy about a young psychic and the ghosts that relentlessly haunt her; about a rotting Savannah manor and the twisted family that dwells within; about life and death, the dead and the not-quite-living, and the brick wall of fate.
Our heroine is Sofie, a young woman who, like Lorraine in "The Conjuring" series, is an enormously gifted psychic who tries--at great risk to her own life--to unknot the mysteries that the dead hold. Like the child in "The Sixth Sense," Sofie too sees the dead, and undergoes a cataclysmic reversal in the end.
She is The Girl Who Died.
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Had she been born into another time and place, Sofie may have reigned as the Oracle of Delphi or at the Temple of Vesta. As it was, she was born into the here and now.
She was reputed to be one of the most gifted living psychics. A genius, in the classical sense, of the other-worldly.
As a child, she was a perfectly average, perfectly normal, perfectly unremarkable girl up until the day she died.
Sofie Valentine is a gifted young psychic, who learned of her talents after having died, along with her family, in a freak lightning storm--only to be mysteriously revived. She lives with one foot in the grave, crowded by ghosts she cannot escape.
Her husband, Roman, is a psychiatrist who believes completely in Sofie's gifts. Roman forsook his career when he rescued the girl from the psychiatric institute where he worked and she was a ward. Despite his belief in her talents, Roman insists that Sofie retire because the stress of "going down into the other-world" is too risky for her weak heart.
The storyline involves the mystery of missing twins from an old manor in Savannah. Sofie is engaged to help find the missing children--much against her husband's objections. During a seance, filled with a phantasmagoria of visions and remnants of the dead, Sofie declares the children have been murdered.
When the police fail to find the twin's bodies at an old cabin where Sofie suspected they would be--when, in fact, the children turn up alive--a shadow is cast over the young psychic.
Her marriage deteriorates because her husband loses faith in her gifts. He suspects she may be schizophrenic, as many of his colleagues had insisted. Especially because Sofie adamantly refuses to believe she was wrong. Despite incontestable evidence to the contrary, she insists she encountered not only the ghosts of the twins, but of others in the manor as well.
As Roman is arranging for her to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital, Sofie discovers something astonishing and terrible...
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Jeff Thelen. Writer, Director, Co-Producer. Jeff is an award-winning oil painter, award-winning screenwriter, and a filmmaker. In 2016, with Joshua Berwald, Jeff wrote, produced and directed "Panopticon," a feature-length sci-fi film made for the impossibly small sum of $5,000. In order to see the film through to completion, Jeff had to play many roles in addition to producing and directing, including editing, doing the CGI special effects, and composing the score. Jeff lives in Dunwoody, Georgia, with his family.
Joshua Berwald. Co-Producer. Joshua is an actor, producer, writer, and filmmaker. In 2016, Joshua starred in and co-produced the no-budget sci-fi film "Panopticon" with Jeff Thelen. Due to the non-existent budget, the film took over a year to photograph, on weekends and spare-change. It took tenacity and dedication to see the project through to completion. Joshua lives in Atlanta.
Anthony Abbott. Co-Producer. Anthony is a musician, artist, award-winning writer, and filmmaker. In addition to making his own films and music videos, Anthony worked as writer and assistant director on the horror film Apollyon. Anthony also helped write the music for "Panopticon." A London native, Anthony lives in Sandy Springs, Georgia, with his wife and children.
Rasa Perkunas. Co-Producer. A native of Lithuania, Rasa is an accomplished musicologist, photographer and film-buff. She was instrumental in helping produce the pitch teaser for "The Girl Who Died" and is eager to get working on the full feature. Rasa lives in Atlanta with her two children.