Crown Point native Kelly Tabor, a fourth grade school teacher, and Hollywood producer/director Richard Rossi launched an are planning a feature film and book series “Lucy and the Lake Monster.”
“The [children’s] film and book series tell the story of a 9 year-old orphan girl and her grandpa searching for a sea serpent in Lake Champlain,” Richard Rossi said. “They battle bullies, naysayers, and mercenary forces seeking to exploit them. Their search is an allegory for humanity’s spiritual search.”
Rossi’s prior feature films as a writer-director include last year’s “Canaan Land” and biopics about baseball icon Roberto Clemente and fabled female evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.
“For me, growing up in Crown Point was magical,” Kelly Tabor said. “Hearing stories of our legendary, Champ, captivated my interest as I swam and explored the shorelines and waters of Lake Champlain. As a teacher, I later took those stories and experiences I had with me into the classroom and shared them with hundreds of students over the years, peaking their interest.”
Tabor was awarded Teacher of the Year by the state of North Carolina, and other teaching awards including the Golden Apple and another award from Papa John’s.
“The stories stem from curiosity, imagination, and my childhood on the lake and surrounding areas,” Tabor said. “The first book in the series is written and is being edited. It’s time our ‘Champ’ gets some well deserved, extra respectable attention.”
The film crew plans to shoot in the Port Henry area this summer. Those who wish to learn more about supporting these creative works, can find more information here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lucy-the-lake-monster-a-children-s-book-film?fbclid=IwAR2jrsfSbzzbtXhjOLhHm0IQeozKcnN3faqwJQu19NEcCYIYYJkr858h5SE#/
Photo at top: Hollywood producer/director Richard Rossi and Crown Point native Kelly Tabor, a fourth grade school teacher. Together the duo spearheaded an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for their feature film and book series, “Lucy and the Lake Monster.” Photo provided by Richard Rossi.
Thank you Adirondack Almanack for sharing about our film and book series for at-risk children, “Lucy and the Lake Monster.” We are eternally grateful.