'The Chances' brings deaf, LGBT stories to Sundance
Monday, January 23, 2017
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Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman in The Chances
Photo Credit: Tate Tullier
The Chances premieres at Sundance
to warm reception and calls for more diverse programming
The Chances, Super Deluxe’s dramedy series about deaf best friends, premiered in the Short Form Episodic Showcase at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on Monday, January 23 alongside Gente-Fied (from executive producer America Ferrera) and Strangers (from Refinery29).
“Just watched 3 shows in #Sundance's shortform episodic section that are better than 90% of what's on TV: #Strangers #Gentefied & #TheChances,” tweeted Mashable’s Laura Prudom after the showcase. “All tell vital, vibrant stories that are personal & universal,” she continued.
The Chances, created, written by and starring Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, follows best friends Kate and Michael, who are deaf, trying their best to see their friendship through new changes in their lives as she adjusts to being newly married, and he attempts to get over his ex-boyfriend.
“They’re funny, flawed, and instantly recognizable,” writes Nico Lang for Logo’s NewNowNext, adding that the series “tells the stories of a intersectional community that’s been extremely underrepresented.”
“We champion artists who have something unique to say about the world and want to take creative risks with us,” says Wolfgang Hammer, president of Super Deluxe.
During the Q&A following the screening, America Ferrera thanked Sundance and its programmers “for selecting works that represent so many people who are so rarely represented in the mainstream. To me this panel and screening feels like the Sundance of 15 years ago when you didn’t recognize everyone on screen and you didn’t know everyone behind the camera and you were finding new talent. So thank you for staying committed to finding new talent.”
ICYMI, there are more screenings this week:
Press & Industry Screening:
Wednesday, January 25
Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City
Screening start time: 10 a.m.
Wednesday, January 25
Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City
Screening start time: 6 p.m.
You can watch the full Q&A from Monday’s screening on the It Gets Better Project’s Facebook page.
To learn more about Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, watch their video PSA for the It Gets Better Project, an organization whose mission is to communicate to LGBTQ youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
The Chances is one of three Super Deluxe projects at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The emerging entertainment studio, just one-year-old, is also proud to present:
Bayard & Me (Matt Wolf) about gay Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin who adopted his partner Walter Naegle in the era before same-sex marriage legalization.
Deer Squad (Pipus Larsen, Kenneth Gug and Scott J. Ross) about Kelvin Peña, a high schooler who went viral after befriending wild deer in his backyard.
About Super Deluxe
Super Deluxe is an entertainment company committed to amplifying creative voices that live just outside the mainstream. With online video for social feeds, television series and film, documentaries, interactive live experiences, and consumer-facing tech products, Super Deluxe talks to a generation of insatiably curious viewers who grew up clutching smartphones. Super Deluxe is a division of Turner, but it operates independently in Downtown LA.
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