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When the galaxy needs heroes,
chromosomes don’t count.
People who are differently-abled are often pushed to the outskirts of society. At EDGE of Orion's Constellation Project, we fight that by creating an all-inclusive community around art. By casting projects highlighting people who are differently-abled with their peers who are typically functioning side by side, sharing equal status, we reflect the world we want to live in.
For over a decade, we have been using musical theatre to bridge a social gap. For the past two years, we've added classical theatre like Shakespeare and Wilde to our repertoire. Now we have added a third component with a professional short film experience.
We picked Star Wars for many reasons:
Our Artistic Director, Orion Couling, is very involved in the Geek Community here in Chicago. As a certified stage combat instructor, he has taught lightsaber at the Adler Planetarium, Milwaukee Discovery World and at a multitude of conventions and workshops around the world. EDGE of Orion has also produced a Star Wars/Shakespeare mash-up with Macbeth called MacSith and toured it, for education, after a massively successful local run. We have also produced the Klingon Christmas Carol here in Chicago for the past three years. Moving to film that emphasizes our mission seemed to be a logical choice.
As educators and community members of the Geek community, we are sickened and outraged by the hostility towards people of color, women and people who are not traditional "heroes" expressed by a large segment of the Star Wars fan base. We firmly believe we all need a seat at the creative table and this film offers a chance to challenge that narrative with a decisive action based story.
As far as we know, this will be the first time the main action heroes of a Star Wars fan film have been actors with Down Syndrome. Our supporting cast features diversity and strong female characters. It's nothing short of revolutionary.
We invite you to join the Inclusion Revolution!
PROJECT MISSION goals:
To show a beloved fan base that there are no limitations with those who are differently-abled
To show actors who are differently-abled in heroic and empowered roles as the main protagonist, not simply sidekicks
To share our story with the widest audience possible to nurture social change
To create the most professional and spectacular film possible within our technical abilities
Jacob Andrew Kreiman Lill
With more members from EDGE of Orion’s Constellation Project
And Lori Morrison and Sarah Lackey Esling families as C-RNK
Scripted edited by Leah Lopez
Costumes by Terri Devine Ford
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