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The Vitruvian Theory

The Vitruvian Theory is a family-based drama that follows the Vickers family through a series of Thanksgiving dinners. The granddaughter, Lucy, guides the audience back and forth through time to gain insight into the sudden and untimely death of her Aunt Diane. As she watches her family interact throughout the years, she begins to uncover strange circumstances and vindictive relationships. Through burnt turkeys and uncomfortable conversations, she discovers unsettling things about her grandfather, Bill, as she suspects him of knowing more about her Aunt's death than he lets on. As she knows that Thanksgiving day comes and goes, she soon finds that for her family, so does murder.

  • Alexis Nichols
  • Karli Bryant
  • Zachary Pareizs
  • Sean Birkett
    Key Cast
    "Granpda Bill"
  • Savanna Davis
    Key Cast
    "Grandma Carol"
  • Jocelyn Floryance
    Key Cast
  • Demi Lehman
    Key Cast
    "Lucy "
  • Alexis Nichols
    Key Cast
    "Alexa (voice)"
  • Tayah Slaughter-Valentine
    Key Cast
  • Hamp Tiller
    Key Cast
  • Harvey Yeager
    Key Cast
  • Mac McComb
    Music by
  • Jeannie Thomas
    Film Editing by
  • Alex Barlowe
    Film Editing by
  • Han Luo
    Film Editing by
  • Tristen Webb
    Film Editing by
  • Jingyi Zhang
    Animation by
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature, Student, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 35 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Georgia
  • Univeristy of Georgia Rough Cut Livestream
    Athens, GA
    United States
    February 8, 2021
  • Best Actor & Director Awards - New York
    Online & New York City
    United States
    May 5, 2022
    Best Director of an Experimental Film
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    April 1, 2022
    Best TV/Web Series & Best First Time Director
Director Biography - Alexis Nichols

Alexis Nichols is an award winning versatile actor, writer, director, voiceover talent, and model. She is most noted for appearing as Lucille Ball in "Becoming Lucy", a film she co-wrote, which premiered at the Festival De Cannes Court Metráge in May of 2013. To date, the film has been a part of hundreds of film festivals screening internationally with a variety of awards and nominations. It is currently experiencing a renaissance in programming & popularity due to Amazon's recent Lucille Ball films. Alexis has been honored with awards for Best Actress from the Best Shorts Competition, the International Independent Film Awards’ Gold Award for Best Actress in A Leading Role, the WIND (Women Inspiration Nation & Diversity) award and the Emerald Award for Best Actress at Cinerockom in Beverly Hills. Most recently, "Becoming Lucy" screened as an honorable mention at the Brilliant Women Filmmakers Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.

No stranger to biopics, Alexis also played Dorothy Parker in North Hollywood’s theatrical production of An Evening with Dottie, where she balanced comedy and drama while mastering both the mannerisms and motivations of one of the century’s most interesting figures. While in New York City, Alexis proved both her comedic and dramatic abilities, appearing on stage in "Something Outrageous" at the Michael Chekhov 45th St. Theatre and "Rumors" at the Mount Carmel Theatre Company. She also appeared as Sheila in another Neil Simon play, "Jake’s Women", part of a showcase directed by Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccarro.

Alexis has directed a variety of live staged theatrical productions including the showcase "Causing A Scene" at the California School of the Arts and a rendition of Eve Ensler's infamous "Vagina Monologues". The Vitruvian Theory is her first foray into directing on camera.

As a writer, Alexis helped develop the story for "The Christmas You Don’t Know", a short film for the Los Angeles 48 hour film race. The film was selected for their “best of fest” screening at TCL (the famous Graumann’s Chinese Theatre) and was honored with numerous nominations including Best Use of Character for the writing team. Her short screenplay "Athena & Afro" which she co-wrote was recognized as a semi-finalist at the Creative World Awards and a finalist in the Hollywood Screenplay Competition. Alexis is a former Editor in Chief of FLiP Magazine, a bi-monthly men’s and women’s print and online magazine with over 2 million subscribers.

Alexis is a third year Theatre and Performance Studies PhD student at the University of Georgia. She has taught classes in Acting, Improvisation, Scene Study, Voice Overs, Musical Theatre, Modeling and Personal Development, and Audition Technique at the California School of the Arts, the International Performing Arts Academy and Los Angeles Center Studios. She received her MFA in Acting for Film from the New York Film Academy, trained at the Yale Summer Actors Conservatory, the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and the University of Oxford, performing with the Oxford University Light Entertainment Society.

Not content with just stage and screen acting, Alexis has also built a name for herself as both a voiceover talent and model. Within the last few years, she has recorded numerous voiceover spots, including national and regional commercials for Dick’s Sporting Goods, Disney’s Aulani Resort, QVC, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and Sesame Street’s Sesame Place Theme Park. She has also recorded numerous audiobooks and book trailers and is the help screen voice on current Motorola phones. Alexis’ first animated feature film and television series can be found on Netflix, where she voices three characters in the English version of the animated series Little Witch Academia.

Alexis’ modeling work is equally varied. She has appeared in print, online, and on the runway as a fashion model, pinup girl, and, most recently, as a cover girl for Retro Lovely's Special Selfie Edition. A nationally and internationally published model, she has also appeared in Vogue Italia, Maxim.com, Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine, Spain’s La Revista Shock, Petite Alternative, and Primer Round publications.

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Director Statement

Half film/half theatrical production, The Vitruvian Theory was filmed in an entirely "contactless set" during the height of the pandemic. Using Zoom as a live platform & backup cameras for additional closeup options, "VT" was our solution to our production being forced online during the onset of COVID-19. Originally intended to be a stage production for the University of Georgia's Thalian Blackfriars, the project intentionally and consciously straddles the line between live theatre & edited film productions, making the apparatus used a part of the experimental epic theatre-esque aesthetic. The Thalian Blackfriars are one of the oldest chartered theatrical societies in America dating back to 1893 which went on to help create what is now UGA’s Department of Theatre where I’m currently pursuing my Performance Studies PhD. A true "passion project" and one that embodies our Athens, Georgia based community, the project's screenplay was written by 2022 commencement speaker & impending grad Karli Bryant and features an original score by local musician and recent UGA grad Mac McComb. "The Vitruvian Theory" stands as our testament to the healing and uniting power of the arts.