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Special Project of the Day: ‘Hotline,’ Directed by a Former Telephone Psychic, Produced by Indiewire Editor

Special Project of the Day: 'Hotline,' Directed by a Former Telephone Psychic, Produced by Indiewire Editor

This isn’t your usual daily dose of an indie film in progress, nor is
it up for the weekly competition. Today’s project is produced by Filmmaker Toolkit Editor Bryce J. Renninger.  This isn’t the first time an IW employee went to the crowd for dough; Thompson on Hollywood’s Sophia Savage was featured in December 2011 for her film “Empyrean.”


Tweetable Logline:

HOTLINE explores the intense connections made between strangers
over phone hotlines in an age when people talk on the phone less and
less. –
Elevator Pitch:
You may not think you have called a hotline, but likely you know someone
who has. There is a huge demand for this anonymous connection be it
for advice, counseling, entertainment or just to talk with another human
about things people are too hesitant to discuss with even the closest
of friends.

We’ve traveled the country putting faces to the voices on the other end
of the line, and discovered struggles of non-profits providing vital
services to at-risk communities and the stigma of other, more
controversial hotlines. As communication evolves there continues to be
something special about the human voice.

Production Team:

Tony Shaff – Director/Producer
Lauren Belfer – Producer
Bryce Renninger – Producer

About the Production:
“After working briefly as a telephone psychic and later volunteering
on a crisis hotline, I found that a lot of the same types of people
called these services. As a filmmaker, I wanted to explore the
connections between the various hotlines and find out wht people had to
say about this very unique form of communication. While loneliness and
isolation are often the initial reason for picking up the phone, I have
been surprised at the raw emotion that these hotlines bring out, and it
has inspired me to visualize these themes and discover the purpose and
power of hotlines.” — Tony Shaff
Current Status:
In production, going into post-production.
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