Story by Jess Adducci
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Feature: ~120 pages; Hook meets Labyrinth as told by John Hughes
Logline: A suburban stay-at-home-mom battles childhood delusions with a “normal life” when those delusions, creatures from a world called Rosenwood, call on her to save their world from an evil sorcerer, leading her whole family into a life-changing adventure.
Kathy, a rockstar stay-at-home mom, seems as normal as the next suburban housewife. But she has a secret: Rosenwood, a fantasy land she visits in her sleep where she’s often saving the day. Since claiming her delusions were real at a young age, she’s been subjected to heavy psychiatric treatment. She’s content to secretly write unpublished novels about her Rosenwood friends until they once again reach out to her, asking for help to save their world from an evil sorcerer powered by a human gem, a ruby. She absolutely refuses… until her kids show signs of connecting with Rosenwood.
After secluding herself in a motel where she takes a decent dose of sleeping pills to stay asleep, she meets up with Lothar and his band of rebels in Rosenwood. Their goal: go to an abandoned mining ranch for info on a secret entrance to the sorcerer’s stronghold so they can get the Ruby of Rosenwood. Kathy leads them into a trap that has them facing the sorcerer, Huxley. After failing the encounter miserably, Kathy resigns herself to heading to the ranch. Amidst being chased by creatures sent by the sorcerer, a galactic storm, and fantastical foes, they find a weapon and the location of the hidden entrance.
Kathy sneaks into the stronghold, stumbles through Huxley’s various tricks and traps and still manages to nab the stone, draining Huxley of his power, and gets back to her friends. She passes the stone to them, binding its power to them with her family necklace, and leaves an adored hero.
When she wakes up, she’s no longer in the motel… she’s in the hospital. Her husband Joe had tracked her down when their kids became severely ill and all were hospitalized. Unable to explain why she took sleeping pills, she returns to Rosenwood and realizes Lothar is the bad guy who is trying to open portals to other worlds so he can escape his past in Rosenwood. When Kathy tries to intervene, they kidnap her ill children.
Kathy returns to the real world and tells Joe about Rosenwood. They accidentally return together and when Huxley tracks them down, they resolve their differences through his illusions and decide to tackle Lothar as a team. Lothar still has the gem and when Huxley shows up, Lothar does something he’s never done: kill. Kathy sends Joe after the kids and Kathy takes on Lothar. Lothar gives her the option of staying in Rosenwood with her family. With her family at her side, she chooses to give up Rosenwood and takes back her family necklace. Lothar tries to continue using the ruby but without the necklace to bind its power, it kills him. Kathy destroys the stone and returns to the real world with her family, all of them now much more able to embrace the wondrous fantasy in their every day lives.