My name is Darla Rae.I am the producer,director,and screenwriter for "Spirit of Love" which is the story of retired NBA player Mike"Stinger" Glenn.I was commissioned to write the screenplay by several people who have been involved with Mike Glenn and his youth basketball camps for the deaf and hearing impaired for many years.I have also been asked to direct and produce the film. I have completed the screenplay.Now we are asking for your help .
I am honored to be a part of this project.
In 1965 segregation was at its peak. Cave Spring Georgia was no different. At the age of 10 The Spirit of Love was born in young Mike Glenn’s heart as he stepped onto the basketball court at Georgia School for the Deaf. There a group of unlikely heroes taught him life lessons and skills which would lead him to the NBA .Not until he returned home to Cave Spring and Georgia School for the Deaf, could Mike “Stinger” Glenn make a childhood dream and promise come true.
Spirit of Love is about the life of former NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn. Glenn played in the NBA for 10 seasons from 1977-1987, back when they played for the Love of the Game. It is about how his life was molded and developed during his formative years from heroes who you may not recognize. Mike grew up in the south during segregation, and learned profound skills for life from the most unlikely heroes during that time period, deaf children, his father a teacher, and a black girl. As a rookie drafted by the Chicago Bulls, and then traded following a broken neck, Mike was able through Faith to champion the skills learned earlier in life to push through a potentially career ending injury and go on to propel others to achieve great accomplishments through his basketball camps for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
It will inspire. Most importantly Spirit of Love will show the general public that there are still professional ball players who care and respect others and give back to the society which has given them so much.It will allow kids to be a part of something which they otherwise would not.
It sets a tone for the path that they will take for their life.My own nephew is deaf in one ear and has very limited hearing in the other ear.As I watched him play most likely his last game recently I realised that he was part of something, and it, the game of basketball was part of him,and he will always remember the camaraderie and sense of accomplishment.He will always remember how it felt to be a part of a team, win or lose.Life asks us to be a part of a team in many aspects in our day to day life.To see the pride and honor of having his name announced outloud alongside his teammates was very emotional,and with this completed film many youth around the world will hear and see that these things are possible.
This film will have ASL sign language and captioning for the deaf and hearing impaired audience and the spoken word for the hearing community.
MUSIC:The original music score will be compassionate, competitive, and inspiring. The film will have an original theme song titled. “Spirit of Love” This song is co-written by Darla Rae and
VSA Arts own Nashville recording artist Laura Dodd. The song has been recorded in Nashville by Ms. Dodd.(A small portion of the song is included in our video pitch.
Chorus of title song:
Late Afternoon on an old basketball court
The Spirit of Love was born in a young man’s heart
Mike Glenn received the Spirit of Love community service award by the NBA's player association for his community work and contribution to the game of Basketball.
TECHNOLOGY AND LOCATIONS:
The film will be shot in various locations but primarily in Colorado in High Definition. This project will create many jobs for local crew and talent, including those who are deaf or hearing impaired.
IMPACT:This impacts more then those who desire to play sports.It gives opportunities to the deaf and hearing impaired community,basketball fans,students of film,film lovers,and families who love to support family feature films."Spirit of Love"delivers a message of faith,love ,and inspiration.This is an opportunity to be a part of a team making a difference in the world through the vehicle called "Spirit of Love"
Our plan is to film this over three weeks in June and have the film ready to make its festival premier at the International Sports film & TV festival later this year.We already have distributors who are interested in this finished film.
50% of the net profits earned from the sale of the film including dvd sales will go directly to the Mike Glenn camps,so that he can continue his work at the camps and to grow his camps.
We understand that $300k is no small feat however we believe that people love to give to projects which encourage,uplift,motivate and inspire others,and that is what "Spirit of Love " will do for all audiences.
If we fall short of our financial goal we will still make the film but at a different budget. We believe the best possible choice is to make a narrative feature film with actors.We will also raise the difference of the budget through product placement and corporate donors as needed.
The budget is $200k for paying crew and talent,wardrobe,meals,makeup,audio on set and post audio,editing,composer, and captioning and the additional $100k is for marketing materials,broadcast tv & cable ad campaigns and website design,etc
We have shot films previously in 12-16 days,and completed the final edit in 30-50days and this is a formula we have been very successful in doing.
PERKS:There is something for everyone at all levels.We have some amazing perks for basketball and movie fans alike.Please look at the perks below.
We have ranges from $5 dollars to $50k dollars.
Cast includes: former NBA players Mike "Stinger" Glenn,Michael Ray Richardson,
and Semi Pro/Div 1 player Willie Brown who attended GSD(Georgia School for the deaf),and Brown holds the school record of 2,016 points over four years in basketball at GSD. After graduating, he pursued college basketball at Hosfstra University in New York where he played alongside hearing teammates.
Cast updates will be posted as they become available.
Please help us by making a donation and sending this out to your friends and family.Use facebook ,email,twitter,etc.
Remember we only have 90 days from our launch date to make this happen.
We need donations to happen within the first two days in order to get additonal promotional help.
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