It was the summer the worm grew out of Alice's stomach. It was my job to worry it out, bit by bit. Every day I twirled a little bit more around a slender, bleached stick that the doctor had given to our mother. Alice cried every night as I coaxed out the oily crawler, more than two feet in all, from her overburdened intestine. Alice was nine that summer. I was twelve...
So begins the story of Joel and Alice Holding, a brother and sister with a big problem on their hands.

Independent filmmaker Kia Simon optioned 'Alice' and took the full-length feature adaptation I wrote through Film Independent's Directing and Producing Fellowship Labs.