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."
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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Just a few days after Cassie died, I was contacted by a friend who knows a fellow named Robbie Bryan, who is a writer/producer/filmmaker. He's in the process of raising funds to make a film called Black Hat, which is about a girl who is teased and bullied for being a fan of anime and cosplay, and her epic quest to get to an anime convention in Louisiana to meet one of her idols. She had told Robbie all about Cassie, and Robbie was touched by Cass, as all of us are, and wanted to name one of the main characters in the film after her, and fashion her look after our Cass. I was so moved by this sweet gesture. What better way to remember our baby girl, who started cosplaying at age 10, attended her first convention in costume, and couldn't wait to go to Comic Con this year?
MANGA/ANIME-THEMED FEATURE FILM “BLACK HAT” SET TO TACKLE TEEN BULLYING AS THEY HEAD TO SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDING WITH SEED & SPARK, THE CROWD FUNDING AND DISTRIBUTION PLATFORM FOR INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS
The national fundraising campaign for Black Hat soared in the first few days to raise almost 30K for their ambitious campaign to combat the effects of bulling in school and individuality as well as promote the passion of the anime, manga and cosplay community with writer/director/actor Robbie Bryan (iMurders, The Stand-In).
Our Crowdfunder Pick of the Week highlights Robbie Bryan’s new Seed&Spark-backed project, Black Hat, which pushes its strong anti-bullying message through the perhaps unexpected medium of Japanese anime.
Win an Evening with Scream Queen Brooke Lewis in Support of Manga/Anime/Cosplay Film Black Hat - Dread Central
"Upcoming manga/anime-themed feature film Black Hat is currently in the fundraising stage, and among the cool incentives being offered is an opportunity to attend the premiere with one of the stars, Brooke Lewis herself!"
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