Cassie England died on Jan. 10 after a lifelong battle with a rare skin disease. Her goal was to be an artist and she loved the Japanese animation art form of anime. Her story will be included in an upcoming film by writer-director Robbie Bryan entitled "The Black Hat."
Cassie England, scomparsa lo scorso mese per via di una rara malattia della pelle, verrà citata nell'imminente film Black Hat di Good To Be Seen Films. Cassie era afflitta da una epidermolisi bollosa distrofica di tipo recessivo, che indebolisce la pelle e ne causa l'erosione con estrema facilità. Era conosciuta da molti per il suo amore verso anime e manga. Ne era fan fin dall'età di 7 anni, e la cosa a cui teneva di più era la sua collezione di orecchie di gatto.
He envisioned a quirky teenage girl who had passion, and though she was the object of bullying, she had the strength to rise through it.
He envisioned a tough girl who would let nothing keep her from her dreams.
He envisioned Cassie England, 16, of Baton Rouge, La. He just didn't know she actually existed.
And though Cassie died a month ago from a rare and brutal skin disease, Bryan, who met her family a week after her death, is making her a key part of his upcoming film, "The Black Hat."
The trip was supposed to be for her 17th birthday, and now because of a Louisiana filmmaker, his daughter and her dreams will not be forgotten.
Congratulations to "Black Hat" writer-director Robbie Bryan! The project received the most votes to win January's Project of the Month. The prize is a consultation from our Project of the Month partner, Tribeca Film Institute.
Look for the young girl with reddish brown hair and cat ears in the movie from Good To Be Seen Films. She’s inspired by Cassie England, a Baton Rouge 16-year-old who died Jan. 9 from complications of Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare inherited connective tissue disease. England was a huge fan of cosplay, and when producers learned about her they decided to write an extra character for her into the film as a tribute.
The Black Hat "Spread the Word and Win" contest is now open! You can win great prizes from the movie, just by spreading the word and getting your friends, followers and family to sign up for updates from the film. You can play starting now, until the contest closes at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, February 22.
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Any panel, roundtable or seminar that concerns technological advancements in film is bound to hit upon the issue of audience engagement. How we can best make use of the embarrassment of riches the internet affords us in finding the right people to watch our film.
Filmmaker Robbie Bryan has managed to collect (at the time of this writing) 235,427 Facebook likes for his upcoming film Black Hat, that’s still only in the development stage. He’s leveraged his fan base into an ambitious Seed & Spark campaign, interacting with them along the way and soliciting their input in the shaping of his script. Is this the new meaning of collaborative filmmaking?
Desperate to get to an anime convention halfway across the country to meet her favorite anime director Shinichiro Watanabe, a quirky teen artist “borrows” her sister’s car, kidnaps her wily, black sheep grandfather and together they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.
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