By Curtis Caesar John | Shadow and Act December 28, 2011 at 11:41AM
I learned about a compelling project recently and found it important enough to share with this audience. The Championship Rounds is the story of a young, deaf, African American boxer and single father of a 6 month- old son whose life is against the ropes on the brink of homelessness. After being stricken with tragedy, James receives an unlikely shot at redemption, and now his very survival is dependent on his faith and his decision to seize the moment.
Right now they're raising funds to shoot a short version of the film in order to woo investors. Written and produced by MD Walton and directed by Daniel Stine, the film will star Michael Spady, Harold Perrineau Jr. (The Best Man, 'LOST' ), Larry Gilliard Jr. ('The Wire', Brother To Brother), Linden Ashby and Peter Jae. Producer Derrex Brady expands on the plot, "One of the elements of this story that is so compelling is not only James Jr. fighting is way out of poverty while trying to raise his six month old son; he is trying to fight to break the cycle handed down in his family and be the father to his son he never had. This is a rare story that provides hope in so many different ways."
On film lead Michael Spady, the producers remark this is the first time that a deaf, African-American male actor is the lead of a film, "There have been numerous actors/actresses who are African American and deaf that have played a plethora of roles on the Independent feature and short film level and also television. However, most of these films sadly go unrecognized or don't get a large theatrical release. We have garnered interest from different celebrities regarding starring in the film and creatively the momentum has been nonstop."
To portray the character James and his situations accurately, the film has taken on deaf actor CJ Jones as their consultant. S&A fans as well as hardcore Black television junkies may recognize Jones as the deaf comedic actor who co-starred in a February 1991 episode of 'A Different World', one of those episodes where they got righteous about the cast/students educating kids, and in this case creating a tolerance for deaf people.
To support The Championship Rounds, and to see more about the film and their celebrated cast and crew, go to their IndieGoGo page - - http://www.indiegogo.com/TCR
Also view the project website at: http://www.thechampionshiprounds.com
But before then, check out their IndieGoGo video below, in which writer/producer MD Walton and his team explains the film much better than I even can: