(Via WireService.ca) In the Dark will be the first Hollywood movie not only written by a First Nations person, but also produced by a First Nations person: screenwriter Richard Courchene, a second generation residential school survivor who was once homeless in South Dakota and is currently living in Winnipeg. This family film tells the story of Noah, a 16-year-old boy who is blinded in an accident and has to re-adjust to the world around him. It’s based on the experiences of Richard Courchene’s uncle who was blinded by a stove explosion back in the 1950s and spent the summer he was 16 blind. Though this is Richard’s first screenplay, he’s been a professional writer for close to 30 years.
Partnering with him is Nandar Entertainment, based out of Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles. Nancy Criss (A Horse For Summer and The Sparrows: Nesting) will direct. You can read more about these two films and other company productions here. Nandar is hoping to cast an impressive list of well-known actors. Principal photography is expected to begin later this fall.
The producers still need to raise half the budget required and are looking for an angel investor.