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Supercrip: Righting the Disability Wrong of Hollywood and the Age Old Bias Against Disabled Actors and Actresses

Supercrip: Righting the Disability Wrong of Hollywood and the Age Old Bias Against Disabled Actors and Actresses

Tobias Forrest from the forthcoming feature film Supercrip which aims to spotlight the lack of opportunity for disabled actors and actresses in Film and Television
New film Supercrip aims to cast a light on the hitherto lack of participation and involvement that disabled actors and actresses have in Film and TV today

Hollywood – February 6th, 2023 – A ground-breaking line of digital collectibles was launched today to help fund the “SuperCrip” feature film and raise awareness about the dearth of Hollywood roles for the disabled. The feature film stars Tobias Forrest, a talented actor and C5 quadriplegic.

“I’m thrilled to get my film up and running with this innovative financing source,” says Tobias.

The issue confronted by the film is the lack of proportional representation in major films and television productions from people who are disabled. Even worse is the case of where certain characters have been portrayed on screen and being disabled, they are then played by Actors who aren’t disabled. The Film highlights these anomalies in a bright, witty and extremely funny manner in what in certain quarters can be euphemistically referred to as a “Joke with a jag”.

“Approximately 26% of the population has some form of disability,” says SuperCrip writer/producer Randall Miller (writer/director of Sundance hits Bottle Shock, Marilyn Hotchkiss and CBGB), “but fewer than 1% of movie and TV roles are given to disabled persons. Even disabled roles are given to able-bodied actors. Nobody is more qualified to portray the disabled than someone living with a disability 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We decided to disrupt this pattern by creating a parody line of NFTs as outlandish as the current situation in Hollywood.”

The technique and funding channel used to raise the finance for this Film uses the latest of the new Blockchain technologies to emerge, the NFT or Non-Fungible Token. In layman’s terms, a digital collectible that allows the owner certain ownership rights to an image or product.

These digital collectibles are a tonic for Hollywood, depicting parody versions of famous movie characters. Instead of Forrest Gump, there’s Forrest Gimp. Instead of James Bond, there’s Lames Bond. Hannibal Lectric has an electric wheelchair. Each character in the collection bases its likeness on SuperCrip’s Tobias Forrest.

The collection has three tiers: Super-Powered, Stand Alone, and Franchise. Additionally, there are plans for two additional seasons of Supercrip characters, a racing game, and a Supercrip Coin. Along with Tobias Forrest and Randall Miller, the team includes blockchain tech wizard Steve McKeon (CEO of MacGuyver Tech and MacNerd), illustrator Michael Davis (writer/director of Shoot ‘Em Up and 8 Days A Week) and Jody Savin (writer/producer Bottle Shock, Marilyn Hotchkiss and CBGB).

In addition to fundraising for the film, NFT sales will support donations to organizations and non-profits within the disability space. These companies and foundations include ABILITYMagazine, Fodac, Ralph’s Riders, Triumph Foundation, CinemAbility Foundation, abilityEntertainment, RespectAbility, Artists For Trauma, and Permobil.

Technology Consultancy MacNerd is minting and facilitating the NFT sale. The NFTs have varying levels of rarity and special details; the first run will be 5501 individually handcrafted GIFs digitally rendered by the Consultancy. Up to date information can be found at the Film NFT Twitter account here: https://twitter.com/SupercripNFT

“This collection is fantastic,” says MacNerd CEO Steve McKeon. “Not only are these intricate pieces of art, but they’re also funding the film and raising awareness for thousands of artists underrepresented in TV and film.”

More information on Supercrip Productions can be found here: https://supercrip.io

More information on MacNerd can be found here: https://macnerd.io

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