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Project of the Day: ‘Black Hat’

Project of the Day: 'Black Hat'

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

“Black Hat”

Tweetable Logline:
Desperate to get to an anime convention, a quirky teen “kidnaps” her wily grandfather and together they embark on the roadtrip of a lifetime

Elevator Pitch:
“Dandi Chiapetta” is an alternative teen who is into everything anime and the band Slipknot. Bullied for her love of this art form, she still has a dream. To get to a convention halfway across the country where her favorite anime Director, Shinichiro Watanabe, is going to turn one amateur manga comic into an anime. When all else fails, she “kidnaps” her estranged grandfather, in a nursing home, and races to get to the convention in time. Judging by our FB page, which has over 228,000 “likes” already, worldwide, this film and subject matter has huge potential.

Production Team:

Robbie Bryan Writer/Director
Christie Botelho Exec. Producer
John A. Gallagher Exec. Producer
Patrick Coppola Producer
Lisle Wilkerson Ass. Producer
Sybil Santiago Ass. Producer
Aaron Medick Cinematographer
Andrew Hollander Composer (Waitress)
Josh Turi Make-Up (Three-time Emmy Awards SNL)
Masao Maruyama Creating 11 minutes od anime (Co-Creator of Madhouse in Japan)

About the Production:
When I first started researching the magical world of anime, I was overtaken by the creativity and passion of this art form. I spent two months talking to kids at anime clubs and conventions and knew we had a unique fresh spin on a road trip film. Bullying was a huge result of liking this genre, and I got excited about eventually forming a Skype club where teens could go when they felt isolated. Lastly, a disabled cosplayer who recently passed, was brought to my attention and I am honored to name a character after her, immortalizing her through film.

Current Status: Crowd funding here with a 90%-10% deal if we are successful. Scouted and ready to go!

For more information and to support this project: Seed and Spark Page

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Lori Giannuzzi

I really want Black Hat to win!

Lori Giannuzzi

Go Black Hat

Kala Mandrake

Magical story with a lot of heart – can’t wait for this film

Nancy Nagel

I vote for black hat

Joyce Meyer

This looks like a great movie. I can’t wait to see it!

J.R. Malpere

This looks really great! It sounds like a very beautiful story!

Bruce Katz

Great Storyline

Todd Beeson

Really cool idea, love this idea!

Jennifer Bolles

Yes, I love the concept and would love to see this win and be made into an anime film. Being a Butterfly Warrior myself, woth RDEB, Inversa, i have experienced my fair share of bullying and the ignorance of others…I feel this film would bring some much needed awareness to all issues mentioned as well as just being very entertaining.

Jennifer Bolles

Love and miss you Cassie xoxo


excited for this film!

Denise Gossett

looks awesome!

Sue Drummond

Vote for black hat


Look forward to seeing any of Robbie Bryan films

Fremont Staples

this is a amazing project and needs to move forward. I hope that this wins

Bria Moore

This definitely seems like a cool idea. The story behind it makes me want to see it all the more. Hope this movie gets all the support it needs to get lifted off the ground.

rich hintz

Good hat robbie: black hat fantastic

Fantasti. Robbie!

Stephanie Y

Vote Black Hat! It’s the perfect combination of an entertaining story with a cause behind it! I’m a huge fan of the director, Robbie Bryan (Choose, iMurders, Man from Earth), so I know it will turn out great!

Chuck Opramolla

This wonderful story deserves to win!

Jill Morley

This film is one of those films that just has to get made. Robbie is such a caring person and a director with a lot of heart. He has put so much into this and has attracted so many interested in seeing this film. Can’t wait until it happens!

Donna Rossomangno

My vote is in:)


Got my vote


Got my vote


Got my vote


Good luck!


This gets my vote.. sounds incredible!


Black hat sounds awesome. It has my vote!!


def black hat

Tracy Hofer

Would loved to see the movie made. I love the theme and content of it.


I am SO excited for Robbie!!

Heather DiPietro

I'm so excited for this project! Wishing you guys the best of luck!

Carolyn Hodge

Go Robbie!! Wishing much success for you and the Black Hat team!!

Laurie Brandt

Well done. Great message!


Go Robbie!!!

Vicky Howard

For Cassie


Wishing Black Hat the success it deserves! A great work!!


Black hat


I would love to see it.I have seen a short film by Robbie Bryan and enjoyed it very much,

Joe bat

Looks like a great story
Looking forward to seeing it

Logan England

I am so excited to see this project featured here. My daughter Cassie died three weeks ago of a rare genetic disorder called Epidermolysis Bullosa. Robbie contacted me shortly afterwards to offer condolences and ask to include Cassie in the project, and I was so touched. This is a project that would have meant so much to her, with it's message of acceptance and celebrating being different. When I saw the first image of the Cassie character in the update video I was floored. It's a perfect image of my beautiful baby girl. As a parent I can't express how much it means to me to see this film made, and know it will part of the legacy my daughter left for to comfort those of us who have to go on with out her.

Brooke Lewis

"Black Hat" is a project that everyone should support and want to be a part of! It is a beautiful story with a rare and creative script and has a team behind it that works with love, heart and integrity…not always the case in the film industry! :) I am a huge supporter of this crew and anything that has a positive message for young people!!! XO Brooke Lewis

Carlo Costanzo

The concept seems cool and if you watch the CrowdFunding pitch at Seed&Spark, the snippets of Anime that are scheduled look great. The mix between live action and animation will be a new chapter in Robbie Bryan's directing portfolio and I'm excited to see how he weaves it all together.

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