Filmmaker Edwin P. Stevens is telling his sister’s story the way in which he does greatest: by way of a documentary.
On Nov. 3, 2013, Alice Stevens her boyfriend Forrest returned to their house in Thunderbolt, Georgia after an evening out with associates. After a neighbor known as police reporting 5-6 gunshots, and officers rushed to the house to discover Alice and Forrest had been shot. Forest was pronounced lifeless on the scene and Alice died of her accidents on the way in which to the hospital.
“People hear about this kind of murder and think, what were they getting into? We want to think that someone made a choice to put themselves in harm’s way. It was not the case in this situation,” stated Stevens. “Alice and her boyfriend were coming home after a night out and two men were at the house waiting and ambushed them. As the evidence suggests, Forrest tried to bargain with them, offering the car and money. They weren’t there for that. They killed them in cold blood.”
In an effort to come to phrases with his personal grief and get the information straight surrounding Alice’s homicide, Stevens directed a documentary to inform her story. Entitled “Alice Is Still Dead,” the documentary follows the evening and aftermath of Alice’s homicide by way of the lens of the sufferer’s household.
Stevens felt that he wasn’t doing sufficient to preserve Alice’s memory, and creating the documentary allowed him not solely to assist her story dwell on but additionally study extra about her. Nonetheless, there was extra to the story that Stevens uncovered alongside the way in which.
“As I proceeded, there was more to the story than just remembering my sister, which was the main catalyst. There’s a lot of people who go through grief, and if it’s a murder or not, people are taken away from loved ones,” stated Stevens. “People can relate to the story, watch my journey and get something out of it. I also thought I could show the court process, which was really hard for the family. The majority of true crime things don’t hear from the victim’s family very much. There’s much more going on behind the scenes.”
The documentary, which is narrated by Stevens, exhibits accounts from a number of relations and associates of Alice. Stevens admits that he hoped that he might doubtlessly uncover one thing all through the filmmaking course of, however by the tip of it he was full of latest recollections about his sister.
“I feel like I created memories with Alice and people I have never met. I heard stories I didn’t know before. I was creating new memories that I didn’t get to know before she died. It’s like I was reading a book about her, but from different perspectives,” stated Stevens.
“Alice Is Still Dead” additionally takes a deeper have a look at the trial course of following Alice’s homicide. Stevens says that although Alice’s killers had been apprehended inside a yr of the crime, the trial took three to 4 years to come to fruition.
“What surprised me was how long the trial process takes. It dragged on for years and we were wondering whether or not they would be convicted,” stated Stevens. “There’s also the eye-opening aspect of that working in court is just day job. Even in these unfortunate grisly crimes, they are desensitized. They go in like it’s another day and life or death for us. The prosecutor and defense go back and forth, it’s more like a chess match than justice being done. It’s troubling as a loved one, how mundane it all seemed.”
The documentary first premiered at Doc LA for a small viewers, which included members of the Stevens household, the prosecutor in Alice’s case and a few of Alice’s shut associates. Stevens says that the scariest a part of displaying “Alice Is Still Dead” was seeing what his mom’s response could be.
“I wanted to keep this very honest. It was very hard to show family and maybe include things they didn’t expect to admit to, but I think in the end the film benefits from honesty,” stated Stevens. “Showing my mother and her relationship with Alice, what it’s like having a teen daughter, that’s hard. Alice never got old enough to come back around, that time got cut short. Unfortunately, a lot is left unsaid. Their relationship is a tough one to watch. But my mother was very supportive of the documentary.”
Stevens hopes that those that watch “Alice Is Still Dead,” notably those that is perhaps dealing with grief in their very own lives, are in a position to discover some solace on this movie.
“I hope that people who are dealing with grief or know someone dealing with grief knows that there isn’t a one size fits all cure,” stated Stevens. “We continue to go through it for the rest of our lives. It may not be present but it comes up again and again. I hope they can take inspiration in honesty on a difficult subject.”
He additionally hopes that the movie might help be part of the dialog to hold weapons out of the fingers of people that shouldn’t have them.
“I think the hardest thing would be if this can help with some kind of revolution with gun control, some kind of legislation to keep guns out of people’s hands who can’t handle them,” stated Stevens. “That would be the pipedream. If someone could see on a personal level what gun violence can do in such a split-second decision, they are such powerful weapons that it would be nice to be a little more controlled.”
“Alice is Still Dead” is accessible on VOD and Digital.