Deaf actor and female-heavy crew make Foam stand out from the crowd
Posted Wednesday 04 Sep 2019
Support your fellow Wifters! Producer Samantha Dutton, director of photography Nina Wells and first assistant camera Ainsley Calderwood are crowdfunding for Foam, a short film by writer/director/editor Grace Hood-Edwards. We're so pleased to hear that the crew is mostly female, with all core creative roles filled by women; it's also refreshing to see how this project incorporates NZSL and uses a Deaf actor in order to have accurate and respectful representation in the film. "A mermaid washes up on a rural New Zealand shoreline. Willow is taken in by isolated Griffin and Avery, his Deaf younger sister. As Willow becomes entangled in the siblings' lives and their grief, she learns what she will choose to fight for. Foam is about connection, and how it is possible for strangers and lost souls to connect with one another and heal what has been broken."
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