New Film, COLLISION Breaks Stereotypes & Stigmas Among Actors with Disabilities Producers have Less than Two Weeks to Raise at Least $10,000

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COLLISION, currently in pre-production in Los Angeles, is the first film to feature two female wheelchair users in leading roles. With a budget goal of $20,000, the production team is feverishly working to raise at least $10,000 by July 1 through the fundraising site Kickstarter.com.

Teal Sherer and America Young rehersing during Pre-Production of the new film COLLISION.

“Mainstream Hollywood needs to know that actors with disabilities are just like actors without disabilities,” adds Teal Sherer, Lead Actress. “We work seriously on our craft and are passionate and driven.

Katherine Beattie, writer of the short film COLLISION believes everyone deserves to see a version of themselves where they are the hero. But for people with disabilities, the roles just aren't there. COLLISION, currently in pre-production in Los Angeles, is the first film to feature two female wheelchair users in leading roles.

With a budget goal of $20,000, the production team is feverishly working to raise at least $10,000 by July 1 through the fundraising site Kickstarter.com. “COLLISION is more than a film, it’s a movement away from stereotypes and stigmas regarding disability in Hollywood”, says Beattie. “With Kickstarter.com, we hope to raise at least $10,000 more in pledges, and an additional $10,000 through private donations. This opportunity will allow us to change the way people with disabilities are perceived. COLLISION is not about being in a wheelchair -- it's about living, loving, laughing, winning and moving forward,” adds Beattie.

Kickstarter.com has an all-or-nothing mentality, requiring a set time span to fund projects. COLLISION has until July 1 at 8:PM EST to raise $10,000 or else all donations are nullified. To make a pledge visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1365110527/collision-0?ref=live

COLLISION is the story of a Jessica (Tiffany Giddes) who while rehabilitating from a motor vehicle accident that left her paralyzed, meets Charlie (Teal Sherer. The Guild), a local bakery owner and fellow wheelchair user. Jessica soon realizes that Charlie is leading a double life as an assassin, and that she’s being groomed as Charlie’s partner. While Jessica looks to get revenge on the man that put her in a wheelchair and Charlie seeks protection from former bosses that are trying to have her killed, both women learn that the past can’t be changed and friendship is the key to moving forward.

“COLLISION aims to bring a wave of change through Hollywood. Actors with disabilities have been relegated to background and bit parts for far too long,” adds Tiffany Giddes, Lead Actress and Executive Producer. “Mainstream Hollywood needs to know that actors with disabilities are just like actors without disabilities,” adds Teal Sherer, Lead Actress. “We work seriously on our craft and are passionate and driven. We want to be taken seriously and we want to be considered for a variety of roles, not just the "pity” or "inspirational" roles -- But we need YOUR help to make that happen,” she adds.

“This is an ambitious film filled with amazing stunts and special effects like you've never seen before,” adds Alexis Ostrander, the film’s director. “Big ambitions often mean a big budget, but with big ambitions come big rewards. We can't change minds or break barriers without your generous support. Together we can make movie history!

According to the Where Are We on TV report issued yearly by GLAAD, more than 12% of U.S. citizens report an apparent disability, making people with disabilities one of the largest minority groups in the country. Even so, less than 1% of series regular characters on broadcast networks have disabilities. In addition, only one of those actors has a known disability. (SAG.org)

To make a pledge and be part of film making history, visit the COLLISION’s Kickstarter.com page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1365110527/collision-0?ref=live

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