Welcome to EDGE of Orion’s
Constellation Project Film Page!
At our Constellation Project, we are known for our epic musicals, incredible plays, and dynamic classes for social skills and social change but we weren’t satisfied with just that. We wanted to reach more people so we started making our films!
We believe that our films provide an opportunity to elevate marginalized communities and social constructs. We believe that flipping traditional narratives is vital for showing inclusion and perspective.
Why Fanfilms? Because representation matters!
Many of our actors have never been to a movie theater to watch a film with people who represent their lived experiences and abilities. And if they have, it’s as sidekicks, characters to be pitied or worse still, comedy exploitation. We choose to make these genre-specific films to share our most popular fandoms with an entire populace usually excluded from the mainstream.
Our first Fanfilm, No Easy Target- A Starwars Fan Film is currently on the festival circuit and is being shown in classrooms across America. This award-winning film takes people who are differently-abled and puts them front and center. Its trailer was seen by more than 15,000 people and we anticipate a public release in the summer of 2020. If you want to see it earlier, you can donate to its campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/when-the-galaxy-needs-heroes. It is completed but under our target funding. Anyone who donates, no matter the amount, is sent a digital version of the film to screen. Here is our trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=HzSqKZJbufo!
EDUCATORS AND CIVIC LEADERS!
You can host a screening of No Easy Target for no charge! We are just as excited for your students, scouts, or community groups to see our film as it is being shown at the Onirus Film Festival in Italy! We have a subtitled version we can send you, as well as a lesson plan with activities. If schedules permit, our director Orion Couling would love to do a video conference and a talkback with your squad! All of this is 100% free because that how much inclusivity means to us.
Next time you can see our film on the big screen is at Juggernaught Film Festival in the first week of September! More info coming soon about that festival here:
If you want more info now from No Easy Target, then check out these incredible videos and links and get “behind the scenes” access!
From our Director of Photography and Editor:
From our actors:
See some of our lightsaber training with our lead actor Garrett:
Next up for us is Gem Seeker!
This Lord of the Rings Fanfilm is set in the “2nd Age” of Middle Earth. We film in August of 2019 and we are so excited!
“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena. You are.”
2019 Tony Awards
In 2019, Ali Stroker gave hope to a population who rarely sees themselves represented in national media when she sang at the Tony Awards and accepted her award as an actor who happens to use a wheelchair for mobility. Upon winning her Tony, she shared her spotlight with people who are physically and developmentally disabled, proving that it is our abilities that make us shine. This goes to the core of why we are making Gem Seeker: An Unexpected Hero.
Imagine going through your whole life as a lover of movies and TV and rarely seeing yourself represented at all, much less as a lead? Most people who are differently-abled are sidelined and rarely given screen time that isn’t focused solely on their “disability”. According to United Nations, there are 1 billion people with disabilities, that’s 15% percent of the global population, but in a study by GLAAD, only 1% of these people are represented on TV. These numbers must change.
Enter Nim, a young Elf asked to go on an adventure by a wizard. He has a rare gift for understanding gems and with a party of warriors he sets out to save Middle Earth from an evil they can’t even begin to comprehend. He shines not because he is “the chosen one” nor because he has “exceptionalities” but simply because he perseveres.
With this dramatic imagining of a quest through Middle Earth, our set of characters learn that seeing “ability over disability” is actually a rather simple thing. Once your perspective changes, you’ll hear all who speak friend.
“The media can be a vital instrument in raising awareness, countering stigma and misinformation. It can be a powerful force to change societal misconceptions and present persons with disabilities as individuals that are a part of human diversity. By increasing the awareness and understanding of disability issues and the diversity of persons with disabilities and their situations, the media can actively contribute to an effective and successful integration of persons with disabilities in all aspects of societal life. “ United Nations
Like our first award-winning movie No Easy Target, we intend to send this story to every possible festival and eventually release it online to foster discussions in classrooms and homes about inclusion, representation and acceptance.
We estimate the total production cost to be near $20,000 for this film. Making this fanfilm is, quite frankly, a leap of faith. If you have seen our previous fanfilm, then you know we are committed to pushing narratives into the world that focus on diversity and inclusion. We want our pretend worlds to look like the people in our lives, so EDGE of Orion is committed to casting gender-blind and including people of color. For too long in storytelling, too many have been left out. We aim to help change that, one film at a time.
Like our first film, we are self and crowdfunded. Help our journey to Middle Earth by donating today and/or sharing our campaign.
To donate to Gem Seeker, please click the button below and write in Gem Seeker. All contributions to EDGE of Orion are tax deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your generous support!