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Project of the Day: ‘Rain’ Tackles Mental Illness and Racial Discrimination in America

Project of the Day: 'Rain' Tackles Mental Illness and Racial Discrimination in America

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Rain

Tweetable Logline: A social worker from a janitor’s union questions an autistic employee about strange occurrences at the school.

Elevator Pitch: In the wake of the disappearance of an autistic boy, a social worker from a janitor’s union, Sandra, comes to the home of an autistic janitor, Calvin, to ask him questions about potential abuse at his job. The missing autistic boy, Sam, comes up in conversation, as he attended the school Calvin works at, which upsets him greatly. Sandra begins to suspect Calvin may have seen him before he disappeared, and pressures him about it. Sandra begins to suspect Calvin may have seen him before he disappeared, and pressures him for more information that could lead to the truth. Based upon the Disappearance of Avonte Oquendo.

Production Team: 
Director: John Flynn (Tom In America)
Producer: John Flynn, Greg Starr (Tom In America, The Secret Friend)
Writer: Adam Bertocci (Wreck The Halls, Brooklyn Force)
Cinematographer: P.J. Valentini
Starring: Erika Woods (Tom In America, Across The Universe, The Stepford Wives)
David Perez-Ribada (The Leap, Zeke, The Glades (TV)

About the film: Rain is about the current struggles in American life: mental illness, racial discrimination and the justification of using violence against another human being. The film comments on these issues in every frame of the film, from its bleak, melancholic cinematography to the psychology of the two main characters. Another one of the characteristics of the film is its perseverance to move forward, regardless of its out come, something that America has been doing for centuries. While we may not be in an ideal state, we can work together to over come the treatment of every American and help create a better America.

Current Status: Completed; Submitting to festivals

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