August 1, 2012

The Double Life of Zhane Rain


The Double Life of Zhane Rain


One deaf girl survived it all. In order to hear her story, help us make the movie.

My name is Ann Marie Bryan. Everyone calls me Jade. I'm a screenwriter/filmmaker and owner of Jade Films and Entertainment located in New York City. We have very excited news to share! We’re in process of making a groundbreaking history and would very much like for you to be a part of it! The project is a feature film entitled, “The Double Life of Zhane Rain”, which is about a high school girl who unravels family secrets behind the traumatic brain injury that caused her hearing loss. What's captivating about this story is that it centers on a Black Deaf Family and it has never been told anywhere before in the mainstream film industry.
This thought-provoking psychodrama explores family relationships, teen issues and coping with adversity. Its messages resonate with a much broader audience, and families of any make-up can relate to issues they face in their lives. It also promotes social consciousness and raises awareness of deaf culture within an African-American Culture and society's tolerance of difference.(Please click on the link to view a video sample of our recent staged reading of the screenplay.)
We're raising a portion of $110,000 from Indiegogo to produce a high-end movie trailer and a high production value independent feature film! We encourage our backers to continue supporting us until we reach our budget goal in time for the film to enter into production stage in February 2013. Every pledge lifts the quality of the movie and we gratefully appreciate your support! Note: All donations to The Double Life of Zhane Rain are tax-deductible.


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A brain injury can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Whether due to an auto accident, sports injury, stroke, tumor, a fall, or one of countless other causes, chances are, you, or someone you know, has been affected by a brain injury. 
                              

During the chaotic and confusing days, weeks, or months in the ER, hospital, or inpatient rehabilitation, it is extremely difficult to comprehend what life with a brain injury will be like. Yet, once the medical professionals have finished their lifesaving work, survivors and their families are usually left to cope on their own with the life-changing and, often, lifelong emotional, behavioral, and social effects of the injury.

One deaf girl survived it all. In order to hear her story, help us make the movie.

My name is Ann Marie Bryan. Everyone calls me Jade. I'm a screenwriter/filmmaker and owner of Jade Films and Entertainment located in New York City. We have very excited news to share! We’re in process of making a groundbreaking history and would very much like for you to be a part of it! The project is a feature film entitled, “The Double Life of Zhane Rain”, which is about a high school girl who unravels family secrets behind the traumatic brain injury that caused her hearing loss. What's captivating about this story is that it centers on a Black Deaf Family and it has never been told anywhere before in the mainstream film industry.
This thought-provoking psychodrama explores family relationships, teen issues and coping with adversity. Its messages resonate with a much broader audience, and families of any make-up can relate to issues they face in their lives. It also promotes social consciousness and raises awareness of deaf culture within an African-American Culture and society's tolerance of difference.(Please click on the link to view a video sample of our recent staged reading of the screenplay.)
We're raising a portion of $110,000 from Indiegogo to produce a high-end movie trailer and a high production value independent feature film! We encourage our backers to continue supporting us until we reach our budget goal in time for the film to enter into production stage in February 2013. Every pledge lifts the quality of the movie and we gratefully appreciate your support! Note: All donations to The Double Life of Zhane Rain are tax-deductible.
                         
We're shooting the film on a RED SCARLET camera. 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. 

WHO'S INVOLVED? 

A passion project from the very beginning, our team consists of diverse and talented storytellers, who all strongly believe in the story. We are working toward getting A-list stars attached who are deaf and hearing to the project. 
Writer/DirectorAnn Marie "Jade" Bryan is a filmmaker with a hearing loss, a survivor of a traumatic brain injury, who resides and works in Manhattan. She has been producing and directing films for 20 years. You can learn more about her by clicking on the link. Check out this recent article, (An interview with filmmaker Ann Marie Bryan.)
 
 
                             
Jubil Khan, a Native of Philadelphia, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance from Temple University. To pursue her acting career, Jubil desires to gain experience through acting opportunities by participating in TV and Film.  She has obtained some experience as an Extra in, “Taking of the Pelham 123”, “Duplicity”, “Baby Mama Drama”, “Men In Black III,” “Law & Order” and many others. In 2000, she had a brief speaking role in an independent film, “If You Can Hear My own Tune.” Jubil participated in a thrilling play, “Fetes de la Nuit,” which was honored a Drama Desk Award in 2010. This year, she took on a principal role in a stage reading of a screenplay, “The Double Life of Zhane Rain,” which gives her a hand on opportunity to take on a challenging leading role. She is honored that she will be cast for a main role as I’mani in an upcoming feature film, “The Double Life of Zhane Rain.”  
Reb Grant is a performer and an actor who graduated from CUNY Lehman College with BA in History and Theatre. He began his studies at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he began performing. Such performances at RIT are, “A Soldier’s Play,” “Tales of the Clubroom” and “The Laughing Stock.” Ryan was the first Deaf actor to debut in a leading role at a CUNY production: “Medea” at Lehman College. Other Lehman credits include “The Misanthrope,” “The Price of Silence” and the film, “Sunny.” He was trained by accomplished actress, Marilyn Sokol and recently participated with director, Alexandria Wailes of “Odyssey” in Senses Askew Company’s “Act Without Words.” I am very proud to be part of this unique project by Jade is making her own vision a reality. I am looking forward to work with her and rest of casts!
As we continue to look for key production personnel, producers, more new and emerging talents, and cinematographer as well as investors, we will keep you updated. Please do come back and visit us.

YOUR REWARDS - See perks on the top left for more details. Not all rewards are listed here. 

(Note: You will receive all your rewards by January 2013 except for the movie whether it's HD digital download or on a DVD format. We will let you know when the film is ready to be shipped to you when it is released in home video. We will keep you informed when we have our screening premieres.)
$10 - I am a Visionary button (Please see pledge $10 for more details.)
                                       
$50 - T-shirt for Him or Her, includes USB Bracelet and more! (Please see pledge $50 for more details.)
                       
$100 - $500 (Associate Producer title) includes USB bracelet and more! (Please see pledges $100, $200, $350 and $500 for more details.)
      
$1,000 (Co-Producer title)  and $3,000 (Producer title), journal book with USB executive pen; (Producer Pen, imprinted ZHANE RAIN PRODUCER) Action Tee with the slate and more! You will also receive a DVD copy of the director'sfirst feature film, "If You Could Hear My Own Tune." (Please see pledges $1,000 & $3,000 for more details.)  
      
$5,000 (Co-Director/Friend of the Writer/Director) You will also receive a DVD copy of the director's first feature film, "If You Could Hear My Own Tune" and journal book with USB executive pen; (Producer Pen, imprinted ZHANE RAIN PRODUCER) and more! (Please see pledge $5,000 for more details.)
                                        
 
$10,000 includes journal book with USB executive pen; (Producer Pen, imprinted ZHANE RAIN PRODUCER) , all of the above and more! You will also receive a DVD of the director's first feature film, "If You Could Hear My Own Tune." (Please see two different kind of pledge for $10,000 to earn this title, Executive Producer) 
                                         

WHAT WILL YOUR FUNDS GO TOWARDS?

Your funds will go towards getting our film in the can—pre-production such as PRODUCE HIGH QUALITY TRAILER) casting, location scouts, creative preparation through production (the actual shooting of the film) and postproduction.
                          

OUR PRODUCTION PLAN 

September 2012 - Audition for film & staged/table reading
October/December 2012: Research - 8 weeks
January-February 2013: Prep - 6 weeks

February 2013: Production Shoot - 60 Days (Over 16 weeks - ends in May 2013)

June 2013: Wrap - 2 weeks

Post: 24 weeks

Movie Release date: 2014

Below is a list of items that we are raising funds to cover.

  • Cast
  • Production Crew/ Personnel
  • Camera Equipment (RED SCARLET)
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Sound Equipment
  • Music
  • Craft Services
  • Wardrobe
  • Production Design
  • Locations
  • Makeup/Hairdressing
  • Acting class for Deaf new actors
  • Interpreters' fee
  • Catering
  • Travel/Lodging
  • Insurance/Permits
  • Legal/Rights
  • Production Office
  • Transportation
  • ASL Masters
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Post-Production
  • Publicity/Marketing Costs

YOUR INVESTMENT

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.
 

WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR THE FILM

Once we wrap up postproduction, a couple of things will happen. First, we'll be submitting to both domestic and international film festivals for early 2014 screenings. Then, we will tour with the film and host private screenings to people within the Deaf and Sign Language community. This will help us build an audience.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUT GOAL

If we don't raise our goal, we will still honor it. However, we need at least 50% of the funds collected to produce all or most of your rewards. Every dollar helps! When we meet our goal we will begin filming and finish the editing so that we can send you the DVD's and merchandise as soon as possible.

WE ALSO OFFERS BRANDING VISIBILITY IN OUR FILM

We will work with you to find a way to feature your product, brand or business in our movie and make sure you receive the best visibility at all our screening events, prints/Ads, movie website and more. You get invited to make an appearance and speak to our audiences. (In addition, IMDB Executive Producer credits.) Email us at jadefilms@gmail.com and we will discuss it.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

This film is only going to be possible with the help of YOU (The people in the Deaf and Sign Language Community, our film lover fans, independent film fans, and anyone who loves a positive, inspiring story).  We want this to be your film just as much as it is ours. The more people who participate the more chance we have of getting the story out. To help out, please Twitter it, "Like" us on Facebook, Pin it on Pinterest, email this Indiegogo link and let your friends, supporter groups, and co-workers know about the film and this campaign. We would love for people to get involved on a local level. Email jadefilms@gmail.com to get more information and become involved.

SOCIAL MEDIA SITES:

Zhane Rain Facebook
Zhain Rain Movie Twitter
Click here to see other work by filmmaker Jade
If you are interested in partnership opportunity with our production company, Jade Films and Entertainment, email us at jadefilms@gmail.com to request for our prospectus.  You also have the option of donating by check. 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.