Film Courage: With DARUMA movie you are launching a crowdfunding campaign on Seed & Spark in October of this year but did you also try to get a production company? [Editor’s Note: Kelli and her team successfully raised $53,000 on Seed & Spark in 2019].
Kelli McNeil, Writer, Actress and Voice Over Artist: We’ve talked with a couple of people, we’ve had interest. We’ve had a lot of people come to us and say This is an amazing. I love this! Who are you casting as the leads? Then when we say that we’re actually authentically casting disabled people (our two disabled leads) enthusiasm fizzles because again, you’ve got to look at what translates to box office sales. It’s so much easier to attach a name actor to a script, especially something that has these challenging characters to play but I don’t want to compromise the vision of this project. The intent of it is to be a vehicle and a platform for underrepresented voices. I want it to be the first of its kind. Can you name another movie like this?…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
DARUMA is inspired by a true story about two unlikely friends: a paraplegic & a double amputee. Kelli and her team are authentically casting amazing actors, Tobias Forrest & John Lawson. Disability inclusion is the last bastion of inequality in Hollywood: it’s time for change. Video is closed captioned.
Kelli McNeil is a Los Angeles based writer, actor, voiceover artist and producer. As a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Drama, McNeil has performed in multiple film, TV and stage productions and wrapped production on three features in 2017, including Gus Van Sant’s new movie, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot.
She was selected to attend BADA (British American Drama Academy) during her junior year. She currently has a national commercial airing for Little Caesars, directed by celebrated commercial director Harold Einstein of Dummy Films. She has voiced numerous commercial, corporate and theatrical projects.
McNeil has also carved out a career for herself in advertising, where she has been a Creative Director and writer for multiple clients, including Fortune 50 companies. Her focus has been on producing digital spots and content creation…(Continued here on Kellimcneil.com).
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