About this project
After the success of the award-winning film, "See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary," director/producer Hilari Scarl (CBS, TLC, Court TV, History Channel and chosen by Steven Spielberg as a director for "On the Lot" on Fox) was inspired to write the scripted comedy, "Hank and Larry" for some of the world's top deaf actors. This Christmas screenplay is finished, with plans to stage a workshop and reading with both deaf and hearing actors to further develop the script and characters with a cast of specific actors including Max Fomitchev (Cirque du Soleil solo clown), Troy Kotsur ("Criminal Minds," "Big River" on Broadway), Frank Dattolo (National Theater of the Deaf), Robert DeMayo ("See What I'm Saying"), Monique Holt (Kennedy Center), Trevor Patten (deaf filmmaker), Levi Anderson (stand up comic), Amber Zion ("CSI," Deaf West) and Garrett Zuercher ("Law and Order.")
Most of these deaf actors live across the country, and we are raising funds to fly them to Los Angeles on January 25th for a two day workshop, and to participate in a public staged reading of the script on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness in Glendale.
This Kickstarter campaign will pay for script development funds, interpreters, programs, flights, hotels and meals, but we need to raise the full $7,000 from Kickstarter first.
If our total amount isn't raised by January 19th, we don't get ANY of the Kickstarter funds raised and we will all be sad.
Please donate as little or as much as you can - even $10 will help - and forward to your friends. Help us continue to produce authentic quality films featuring professional deaf actors and celebrating sign language on screen. You are also helping us continue our mission to distribute open captioned mainstream films that are accessible to this country's 30 million deaf and hard of hearing viewers, as well as mainstream hearing viewers who don't know sign language.
Risks and challenges
After being turned down for a development grant to workshop the script with deaf actors, we have decided to take our fate into our own hands. After the workshop, the real work will begin to attract investors, stars to attach to the hearing roles, distribution deals and all the logistics that go into producing a feature film. But everything begins with a strong script that will attract the best in the business to make the film a success.
I am up against a few immediate hurdles - polishing the script in time for the reading, coordinating the workshop reading with two dozen actors and inviting backers and industry connections to our staged reading to move the project forward.
We know that with a successful workshop, we can make the script even stronger by working with deaf actor/writers and ensuring complete authenticity, compelling characters and a solid storyline. We are willing to do whatever it takes to make this film happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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