Alice Is Still Dead (2019)

Unlike many documentaries that only show murder from the outside perspective, Alice Is Still Dead follows the story alongside the victim’s family through every step of the process, from the detective’s notification to her family facing the killer in court.

This movie was made by Edwin P. Stevens, the brother of the late Alice Stevens. Intended as a tribute to her life, it’s also his way of pondering whether he and his family can move forward. He explained the unique situation by saying, “In 2013, only a week prior to my wedding, my little sister, Alice, was murdered. I have been at a loss for years about what I could possibly do to put the grief, anxieties, anger and feelings of utter loss and regret into a story that might do her memory justice. These desires culminated in this film.”

If seeing real imagery of violence and the impact of murder upsets you, you may want to be ready to avert your eyes during this film. It does not pull back or shy away from the grisly aftermath of a double murder.

If the journey in the film seems exhausting to you, the viewer, one can only imagine what it felt like to be part of Alice’s family. There’s a search for answers, such as how could any of them change her behavior or speak to her or avert a senseless tragedy. In the end, there’s no catharsis, only loss and changing the way that you deal with the world. It’s never over. It just keeps going.

While so many true crime docs that simply sensationalize cases or glorify the technology used to catch the murderers, this film stays human and near the family, taking you through the very raw emotions as well as how the murder and trial have kept the filmmaker from establishing a family of his own.

Haunting, powerful and real, Alice is Still Dead is available digitally and VOD from Global Digital Releasing.

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