The Wonderland Express Excerpt – Charlie uses the Device Again/ Do you remember The Wonderland Express?
In this scene, Charlie has used the Device again that his bother, Duncan, built in this garage. The Device transports the user to a different world, one that his unique for each person. For Charlie, this means a world where every crazy idea he believed in is true and everyone looks up to him and his theories.
"The Wonderland Express" was filmed between March 2011 and August 2011. Most of the dialog was improvised during the filming. All of the actors in the film have roots in the Cincinnati/Dayton, Ohio theatre community and have extensive past experience in improvisation. The director, Greg Nichols, and cast members Shawn Green and Ryan Singer were involved in the same improv group from 1998 to 2003. Cast member Natasha Randall was recently seen in the 2010 Sundance Festival Selection "Take Shelter". Cast member Ryan Singer currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and is a feature performer of nationally touring comedian Marc Maron.
The film is a story about science and how it can affect the lives of people. The core of the film lies in how the characters interact with a strange device and its influence on their normal everyday lives. The story arose from the concept that science (in particular, physics) has evolved to a point where current thinking in the field has outpaced basic understanding by the average person. It seems unexplained, like magic, which is how the characters view their experiences with the device in the film as they use it and it changes their lives. Even though there may be a basic underlying science to what is happening to them, they are limited in their knowledge of the concepts that make the device work and can only experience it in a way that makes sense to them.
"The Wonderland Express" won the Audience Choice award at the 2012 Starlite Film Festival and was a selection for the 2012 International Freethought Film Festival in Denver, CO, the Dayton Film Festival in Dayton OH, the Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival in Lima OH (nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress), The Dutch Tilt Film Festival in Bellfountaine OH, the 2012 Cincinnati Film Festival (nominated for best Local film), the Louisville International Festival of Film 2012, and the White Sands International Film Festival 2013.