After the Wizard

After the Wizard

Orien Richman and Jermel Nakia as seen in AFTER THE WIZARD, a film by Hugh Gross. Picture courtesy Private Lenders Group. All rights reserved.

After the Wizard

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After the Wizard (2011/2012)

Opened: 08/10/2012 Limited

DVD08/07/2012
Limited08/10/2012
Encino, CA08/10/2012 - 08/16/20127 days
Kansas City, MO08/10/2012 - 08/16/20127 days
Kingman, KS08/10/2012 - 08/12/20123 days

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Genre: Family Fantasy

Rated: Unrated

When one story ends, another begins.

Introduction

AFTER THE WIZARD, based on characters in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is the story of a 12-year-old Kansas orphan who turns to the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman for help during a difficult time. She imagines things have not gone well in Oz since the Wizard left and that the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman must travel to Kansas to enlist Dorothy's aid. The film, distributed by Philadelphia-based Breaking Glass Pictures, will be released on DVD coinciding with its theatrical release in selected cities.

Synopsis

After the Wizard left, things went badly in Oz. The Citizens of the Emerald City ignored the Scarecrow. The Winkies dismissed the Tin Woodman. The Beasts of the Forest refused to obey the Cowardly Lion. Because Dorothy solved all of their problems before, the three friends believe she can do it again. The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman set sail for Kansas in a hot air balloon to seek Dorothy's aid.

Meanwhile a small dog is abandoned on a country road not far from a Kansas orphanage where a 12-year-old named Elizabeth lives. The dog who happens to look a lot like Toto travels into town before stumbling upon the orphanage where a tornado drill is being held.

The balloon carrying the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman lands in New Jersey. The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman befriend elementary schoolchildren whom they first mistake for Munchkins. The schoolchildren convince their teacher to drive the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman to Pennsylvania Station where they board a train for Kansas City, Missouri.

The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman meet a blind man who is thoroughly familiar with "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." When they ask if it would be possible to locate Dorothy through Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, the blind man tells them it is unlikely they will find Dorothy on a family farm. Instead, he suggests, they will probably find Dorothy living in a foster home or an orphanage.

Elizabeth reads "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" in the orphanage library after being punished by headmistress Mrs. Murphy for misbehavior during tornado drill. While Mrs. Murphy confers with Dr. Edwards, the man who will soon replace her as superintendent of the orphanage, she hears noises coming from the library. Mrs. Murphy excuses herself to confront Elizabeth who explains that the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman have come to visit. Mrs. Murphy and Dr. Edwards decide that the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman must leave.

The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman ask Elizabeth to join them. Elizabeth says she would like to, but that she no longer has the magic slippers and there are no roads in Kansas paved with yellow brick. Discussing their problems, it becomes clear that the three share the same plight: they are not wanted.

From her window in the orphanage, Elizabeth sees the abandoned dog and rushes to greet him. Mrs. Murphy threatens to call the animal shelter. Elizabeth throws a tantrum and struggles with Mrs. Murphy. Finally, to protect him, Elizabeth sends the dog running away.

The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman return to the orphanage where Elizabeth has again been grounded in the library. Following Elizabeth's request, they break into Mrs. Murphy's office to read Dorothy Gale's file. Although they are not able to find that file, they discover another with information about a girl who believes she is Dorothy and has been to Oz. The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman decide to help this girl named Elizabeth.

Elizabeth runs toward a tornado that threatens the orphanage. The dog hears Elizabeth and rushes to intercept her, first blocking her path and then turning her toward the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman who struggle to reach her. The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman tell Elizabeth that they will not let her die because she would not let them die, no matter how unhappy she felt or how badly things were going for her. The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman tell Elizabeth that they will always love her and then announce that they will be leaving.

Elizabeth returns to the orphanage where she is discovered in the orphanage cellar. Elizabeth explains what happened with the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman and thanks Mrs. Murphy for all of her help. Mrs. Murphy and Dr. Edwards grant permission for Toto to stay.

 

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