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An 18 year old hard-of-hearing African-American H.S. senior suffers from a dark secret and a rare phobia as a result of an accident.

"Deafness is not a disability. It's a gift. It's a pride. It's a culture. Those who fear us is a disability of the mind." - Ann Marie "Jade" Bryan, Award-Winning Deaf Filmmaker 

NEW ADDITION REWARDS FOR $150 CATEGORY PERK PLEDGE! Pledge $150 - Receive a DVD copy of the staged reading, behind-the-scenes audition/rehearsal, a digital copy of the screenplay (similar to Kindle e-Book) with my signature, and a T-shirt that reads on the front: "I PLEDGED" with Jade Films logo. Last, but not least, you will receive a DVD copy of my most recently released feature film,  IF YOU COULD HEAR MY OWN TUNE currently circulating the film festival. (Also, for those who pledges $50, will receive a DVD copy of one of my previous films.)

**A Reminder: your credit card will ONLY be charged if we reach our funding goal by 1:54pm on August 7th. If our goal is not reached, you pay nothing.** 

FROM THE WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER OF IF YOU COULD HEAR MY OWN TUNE: THE MOVIE 

PRODUCE THE STAGED READING OF THE DOUBLE LIFE OF ZHANE RAIN: A new  film slated for principal photography fall/2012. It will be a feature length film running approximately 120 minutes. We have several goals attached to this project. Most important, we want to give the industry something that it has never seen before: An all African-American, Deaf,  hard-of-hearing and nondeaf cast. 

THE STORY

THE DOUBLE LIFE OF ZHANE RAIN is a provocative dramatic film with a mysterious, dark and surreal twist. It's about an 18-year-old, African-American high school senior with three generations of both hearing and Deaf family members that have an impact on her upbringing.

When she was six, Zhane had a horrible accident which caused her to slip into a coma for three weeks. As a consequence, she lost most memories of her early childhood. The accident also left her suffering from an aggressive hearing loss. The film tells a story about a lost girl who is trying to find herself in a self-respecting Deaf family and overcoming an unusual phobia as a result of a very dark secret, which takes a toll on her mental health, spirituality and emotional well-being.

Zhane Rain possesses natural, boundless energy despite her striking beauty and uniqueness.  While naïve and innocent, she finds herself being attracted to people around her.  She can at certain times be an extrovert, while, at other times, an introvert.  She finds that she has to defy all the odds against her, including her proud, Deaf mother, Brianne, who kept the accident a secret, while sheltering her from a world she thinks is best and safe for her.  Her mother takes pride in her alma mater, Harpo University, the world’s only African-American, Liberal Arts and Technology College for the Deaf, which she encourages her to attend so as to follow in her footsteps.

As her independence grows, she becomes confused when she navigates between a triangular relationship with her childhood and family friend, Sarafina, a pre-law student, whom she falls in love with, and her sidekick roughneck rapper boyfriend, Brando, which also embroils her mother. She's left to struggle with living up to her Deaf peers' expectations while trying find her place in a hearing society.

Ultimately, Zhane’s biggest battle is in dealing with recurring nightmares due to amnesia from the traumatic experience she had as a child.

The original title was CUTTING THE EDGE OF A FREE BIRD and has been changed to THE DOUBLE LIFE OF ZHANE RAIN. It was first conceived of, written, directed and produced as a short for a film school project in 1991 at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.  (Scroll below to see the short)  The new revised script is a very 21st-Century idea of a family drama with conflicted goals, values and outlooks on life, all centered around Zhane Rain's world.

The fact that I am writing this for the screen, personally, I am a product who was not born deaf and recently learned that my deafness is a result of an accident. The story is inspired in part by my own experience growing up as the only person in the family with a hearing loss in a very strict Christian household, while attending a school for the deaf.

KEY CHARACTERS

ZHANE RAIN BALDWIN              LEAD CHARACTER 

ZHARI BALDWIN                        ZHANE’S TWIN BROTHER

I'MANI BALDWIN                        ZHANE’S SISTER 

LITTLE JAMAL BALDWIN           ZHANE’S BROTHER 

HASSAN BALDWIN                    ZHANE’S BROTHER

BRIANNE TRAVIS-BALDWIN      ZHANE’S MOTHER      

JAMAL SR. BALDWIN                ZHANE’S FATHER  

JAMILLAH TRAVIS                     ZHANE’S AUNT 

JONETTA TRAVIS                      ZHANE’S GRANDMOTHER 

LINDA CRAY                              ZHANE’S SCHOOL COUNSELOR

ANGELO PEREZ                        ZHANGE’S H.S. GAY BEST FRIEND 

BRANDO MACHO                       ZHANE RAPPER BOYFRIEND

SARAFINA JASBY                      ZHANE’S BEST FRIEND/LOVER      

JOEDI CAMERON                       ZHANE’S VOLEYBALL COACH 

VANESSA CARTER                    ZHANE’S NEIGHBORHOOD FRIEND 

DWAYNE JONES                        ZHANE'S HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATE

* THERE ARE MORE SUPPORTING ROLES NOT LISTED HERE.

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PART 2

While my creative team and I are seeking backers to produce my second feature film, we're planning an audition soon for an upcoming screenplay staged reading this fall. We have a goal to raise $8,600 or more. We need sponsors and community support to make this happen. My goal is to invite as many agents, backers and producers to attend this reading so that we can take it to the next level into a motion picture movie. Not only will your support make this project happen, it will also help more Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing ACTORS/TALENTS OF COLOR gain more exposure on the silver screens as well as television. Your support will also help our creative team put those with promising talent and persuade them to take acting training and prepare them for my movie. It has always been my dying passion and my responsibility as a filmmaker to promote more diversity in the mainstream. If you want to contribute to the realization of this creative project, and receive something very special in return, then I respectfully request your support. 

Now, if we don't reach our amount goal by the deadline we do not receive any of it. Any amount, small or large helps. From a donation to simply telling your friends about our campaign via word-of-mouth to Facebook and Twitter. It all means a lot to us. It takes a community to make a reality come true, starting at a minimum of $5 per donation. 

THE PLAN

Since we are in our early stage of script development, the staged reading series provides myself as the writer an opportunity to have my feature script performed by actors through a table read and/or rehearsed on a theatre stage.  Having a script interpreted by other artists and hearing it with other voices and ASL signed is an invaluable tool to a project's creative evaluation and script analysis. It also offer audiences a chance to hear a full-length film script read live and participate in a feedback forum. 

YOUR INVESTMENT

Almost all my films are solely independent productions and has been self-financed up until this point. This is my first time producing a staged reading of one my screenplays.  However, writing for the movie is an expensive endeavor and I want to make sure we have the financial support to take the film on the next level, where we will need at least seven-figure deal to produce a film of high quality and caliber. 

When the final film is completed, we will market it to various festivals, including Cannes, Tribeca and Sundance.

Because my creative team is seeking donation for $8,600 or more, your contribution will go directly to funding a screenplay staged reading of my project this fall. My goal is to start the movie production in fall 2012. I will be directing it. We have a lot of preparation before we can get this project off the ground.

Passionate people make all the difference with something like this and every single person's contribution will make a difference. One of the main reasons we decided to use Kickstarter was because we loved the idea that our campaign, like our film project, will be a collaborative effort by people who truly care about this film Your help and support will be invaluable to us on this journey.

CAN WE EXCEED THE GOAL?

Amazingly, yes! If we can surpass our $8,600 goal, it would not only be a dream come true, but it would allow us to produce a great staged reading so that we develop the screenplay with great care into a better film! Exceeding our goal would help offset our significant expenses, which include the costs to rent the space, performance space, paying actors a small stipend, pay for sign language interpreters, travel, feed our actors/crew, reception for the reading, administration costs (office supplies, script copies, postage, postcards, etc.)  and prepare for pre-production planning stage.

If you have any questions or comments or would prefer to donate by check, we would be happy to send you mailing information! Please e-mail us at: Jade14@mac.com. Our organization, DeafVision Filmworks is 100% tax-deductible with a 501 (c)3 status. Please ask us for our federal I.D. to receive a tax-exempt for your donation.

Thank you very much for your time and for supporting my campaign mission to execute my 2nd feature film. 

Follow me at twitter.com/@HearMyTune

Writer/Producer/Director

Ann Marie "Jade" Bryan

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