Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

For those of you who have been on this site for a while, watch the On Stage With RB webcasts, or know me personally, you've surely heard me speak of my love for personal stories and, therefore, my love for documentaries.

As I've said many times in the past, the most nourishing thing a creative can receive is support. It's the foundation on which this site was built. For any creative the process of getting your project made can be challenging. But being a creative with a disability presents even further challenges.

Recently, thanks to my friend Mitchell Peck, who is not only my friend, but a world class producer as well as a Stage 32 member and educator, I've become involved with a documentary called Crutch. Crutch chronicles the life of Bill Shannon, an internationally renowned artist, break dancer and skateboarder, who wields his crutches as tools of expression and weapons of provocation.

Bill provided the filmmakers with over a decade of access, plus a lifetime of archival footage, to allow them to depict him from his early years as a disabled child who refused to sit idle and watch able-bodied kids play, to his rise as an award-winning dancer and cutting-edge performance artist whose work finds outlet at prestigious venues worldwide, including Cirque du Soleil, the Sydney Opera House, the Tate Modern, and the Chicago MOCA.

This is a truly inspiring story. And one I am so proud to be associated with.

In addition to Mitchell, the other producer on the project is Stephen Nemeth, who has produced such films as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Sessions to name a couple.

The filmmakers are Sachi Cunningham and and Chandler Evans who recently both joined the Stage 32 community. This project is a labor of love and a passion project for both of these talented directors.

All of us have worked within our own means to get this project funded and to the finish line. The Kickstarter campaign is almost 80% to its goal with just over a week to go.

Now, I'm asking you for your help.

I ask that you please watch the two videos below - one from yours truly and one from filmmaker Chandler Evans. And I encourage all of you to take advantage of Chandler and Sachi's generous offer by posting any questions you might have in the Comments section below.

I applaud Sachi and Chandler for their tireless efforts to nourish an extraordinary creative artist and bring Crutch to the big screen.

Thank you in advance, so very much, for your support.


PS - Oh, and one other cool thing! This will be the first film where our entire Stage 32 community will be thanked in the credits!

A note from me:

A note from fellow Stage 32er and CRUTCH filmmaker, Chandler Evans:

To see the preview of CRUTCH, learn more about the campaign & to contribute, click here!

Remember, Chandler and Sachi are ready, willing and able to answer all your questions about filmmaking, producing, crowdfunding or anything else on your mind in the Comments section below!

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