The Championship Rounds

A young, African American boxer born deaf and his tough journey as the single father of a 6 month old boy...Help us make history and make a difference....
M.D. Walton
Los Angeles, California
United States
2 Team Members

The Championship Rounds Attached Cast



Above( SYB Founder Vince Kittle works with a youth)


A percentage of your contributions will also go towards GLAD.

Once we reach our budget goal, any funds exceeding will go towards Schenectady Youth Boxing.

We will also fly out a Young Boxer from the SYB to Los Angeles to appear in the Film once the goal is met.

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The Story

The Championship Rounds is the story of a young, deaf, African American boxer (James Deacon Jr.) and single father of a 6 month- old son whose life is against the ropes on the brink of homelessness.   After being stricken with tragedy, James receives an unlikely shot at redemption, and now his very survival is dependent on his faith and his decision to seize the moment. 

Writer/Creator Statement

"When I approach work whether it's from an acting, producing, or (in this case) writing standpoint, I set out to not just share a piece of art, but to create radical change.  The type of radical change that is not just brought up in debate and discussion but inspires and invokes people to truly take action, whether it be politically or creatively driven. My goal for this project is to provide an audience with a quality film, but also to raise a much-needed awareness involving communities that tend to be stereotyped or ignored."   

- M.D. Walton  (Writer/Creator/Producer)

Producer Statement

"One of the elements of this story that is so compelling is not only James Jr. fighting is way out of poverty while trying to raise his six month old son; he is trying to fight to break the cycle handed down in his family and be the father to his son he never had. This is a rare story that provides hope in so many different ways."

-Derrex Brady (Producer)


Director: Daniel Stine

Writer/Creator/Producer: M.D. Walton

Producer: Derrex Brady

Producer: A.K. Murtadha

Line Producer: Emmy and DGA Award Winner: Sascha Schneider

First A.D.: Jay Zabriskie

Cast: Michael Spady, Harold Perrineau Jr., Larry Gilliard Jr.

Consultant: CJ Jones

and more to come...

 About Director Daniel Stine/Rushaway Pictures

This marks another collaboration between Rushaway Pictures LLC Writer/Director Daniel Stine and Cinematographer Pedro Ciampolini.  Their most recent film God and Vodka has garnered critical acclaim and awards in recent months having been an Official Selection in numerous film festivals throughout the U.S.  Recently, God and Vodka was selected into the Rhode Island International Film Festival: an Oscar Qualifying event that is one of the Top 10 international festivals in the United States.  The acceptance rate at Rhode Island is less than five percent, exemplifying the quality of filmmakers behind the project.  God and Vodka most recently won the Special Jury Award, Best Short, Best Director and Honorable Mention for Best Cinematographer at the Cincinatti Film Festival.  Daniel Stine and M.D Walton will also be collaborating on Stine's  upcoming Feature Film called Mannin Bay (a Bed and Breakfast Psychological Thriller). The Championship Rounds is honored to have elements of the God and Vodka team on the project.

To see the quality of work being brought to the project:

See a clip of our lead actor Michael Spady here on the Red Carpet :  

Check our The Championship Rounds Cinematographer Pedro Ciampolini's Reel:

Check out Director  Daniel Stine/Rushaway Pictures at:

History in the Making and Goals

We are striving to make this the first time ever in the history of feature length films on the MAJOR MOTION PICTURE level that a Deaf, African American MALE actor (Michael Spady) plays the lead role.   There have been numerous actors/actresses who are African American and deaf that have played a plethora of roles on the Independent feature and short film level and also television.  However, most of these films sadly go unrecognized or don't get a Large Theatrical Release.  We have garnered interest from different celebrities regarding starring in the film and creatively the momentum has been nonstop. NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP.

*Our ultimate goal is to eventually shoot a Feature Film for 1.5 Million.  Currently, our plan is to raise initial funds, shoot and tour the festival circuit with this short version of the film, submitting to the prestigious Sundance, Cannes and Toronto Intl Film Festivals to name only a few.   We will leverage the short to gain attention and interest from investors and production companies and executives alike in hopes to develop the feature : similar to the journey of Half Nelson which starred Ryan Gosling (Academy Award Nomination), Anthony Mackie, and Shareeka Epps.   Half Nelson was the feature version of the short Gowanus, Brooklyn which won best short picture at Sundance in 2004.  The Championship Rounds wishes to make a similar journey. We are extremely confident that this project will reach incredible heights.  If feature funding comes sooner than later, than we'll go that route.

*We will also take select footage from this short and create a sizzle reel to present to investors/companies. 

*For investment opportunities and additional info regarding the feature, contact us at   

Our current startup goal for filming/packaging  (Above the Line, Below The Line, Below the Line-Post) to get us off the ground  is $80,000.  The more funds, the better.    Your donations through IndieGoGo are VITAL and will help pay for all production elements such as equipment rentals, editing costs, cast and crew fees, locations, festival submissions,  travel, etc.    Without proper funding, our movie does not get made. Production value is high and due to the uniqueness of this concept, these funds will be integral to the process and also help launch our journey to the feature.


With the Immense Power of Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Blogging, Message Boards, etc), the incredible effect of Word of Mouth Marketing and the uniqueness of this project on many levels, we believe that this is truly possible. That being said, we encourage everyone who views this page to take advantage of your social networks, make phone calls, write an email, post a status update, tweet it,  tell 5 to 10 friends to do the same SPREAD the WORD.


Take a look at our cool incentives to the right.  Some of these will take time (as our hands will be tied as the film develops, but we will certainly be contacting you to keep you informed regarding receipt.  There is also an option button to just simply donate without perks if you'd like.


YOU get to be a part of the journey with us from start to finish. YOUR HELP MEANS THE WORLD TO US! LET'S MAKE HISTORY TOGETHER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.


How To Pay

Through PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account and/or don't want to sign up for one, then you can pay with your credit card as a Guest on PayPal.  You don't have to become a member of Paypal to donate. Below are simple instructions:

 After you click "Contribute" on the campaign page, you'll be taken to a PayPal screen. 

-At the top, you will see "Choose a Way To Pay." 

-Click on "Pay with a credit or debit card." 

-Uncheck the box at the bottom of the page that says  "Save this information with a PayPal account"

-Then proceed to pay as Guest with your credit card.

Simple as that.  If you have any donation questions please don't hesitate to contact Carole Dean at From The Heart Productions at

God Bless


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