Dramedy about deaf best friends 'The Chances' premieres at Sundance, collaborates with It Gets Better Project
Friday, January 13, 2017
Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman
in The Chances
Photo Credit: Tate Tullier
Super Deluxe proudly presents
The dramedy series about two deaf best friends will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival; The Chances’ creators/writers/stars Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman are marking the moment with It Gets Better Project collaboration
Join Super Deluxe at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of The Chances. It is about 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.
“With our show, we want to introduce the world to deaf characters, written by deaf people, who lead intersectional lives that are complicated, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking,” say creators Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, who also write and star in the series.
Monday, January 23
Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Press line start time: 10 a.m.
Screening start time: 11 a.m.
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.
Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman's video for the It Gets Better Project
As part of The Chances’ premiere at Sundance, Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman have collaborated with 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 diversity of the LGBTQ community extends beyond sexual orientation and gender identity," says Brett Peters, Director of Media & Strategic Partnerships at the It Gets Better Project. "The Chances offers an insightful glimpse into the life of a deaf man who just happens to be gay. It is so important that all LGBTQ youth know there are people, just like them, who are leading interesting and meaningful lives. We thank Super Deluxe, Josh, and Shoshannah for their commitment to the It Gets Better Project -- and we are excited to make an impact together."
“I’m fortunate that today, I am a happy adult gay man,” says Feldman. “I had doubts that was possible when I was younger, and that has a lot to do with representation in the media, which is why I’m so passionate about introducing LGBTQ and deaf characters into the mainstream handled with integrity and tact. It Gets Better is an amazing project with such an important message, one that I would have benefited from if the project had been around when I was a young kid. I am thankful something special like this project is out there today, and grateful I can be part of it.”
Stern adds, “There's a day when anyone who's not a part of the majority recognizes that they're not. When that day comes, it's usually at a very young age. And when you're a kid, the message you often get is that you should be a member of that majority. Even though that's not something in your control, you feel as if it should be. It Gets Better is all about reaching out to those kids when they're at that time in their life, and showing them people just like them. I'm beyond grateful they’re doing that.”
The Chances is one of three Super Deluxe projects premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The emerging entertainment studio, just one-year-old, will also bring two short docs to the festival:
● 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 Pena, a high schooler who went viral after befriending wild deer in his backyard.
“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.
About Super Deluxe
Super Deluxe is an entertainment studio committed to amplifying creative voices that live just outside the mainstream. With online video for social feeds, TV series, 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.
About It Gets Better Project
Launched by syndicated columnist Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller, the It Gets Better Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that leverages the power of media to reach and provide critical support and hope to LGBTQ young people around the world. Through collaborative partnerships elevating positive portrayals of the LGBTQ community, the It Gets Better Project strives to communicate to LGBTQ youth that it gets better – and inspire the changes necessary to make it better for them.
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