Movie Based On Teleplay Written Decades Ago Gets Indie Recognition

March 9, 2023 at 8:34 p.m.
Movie Based On Teleplay Written Decades Ago Gets Indie Recognition
Movie Based On Teleplay Written Decades Ago Gets Indie Recognition

By Jackie [email protected]

A teleplay Indiana author Richard Rose initially wrote at least two decades ago with his brother has been made into a movie, which has got some indie award recognition in the last several months.

“Static” was a finalist for best feature film at the Washington, D.C., International Film Festival in January, as well as receiving jury special mention for feature length fiction at the 2022 Chicago International Indie Film Festival Nov. 5 and best feature film at the 10th annual Moody Crab Fest in October.

Rose said he and his late brother wrote the teleplay 25 to 30 years ago. They marketed it around and optioned it twice by independent producers thinking it would be good for PBS, but the producers couldn’t raise the money to make the movie. The teleplay ended up sitting on a shelf for a number of years. Then Rose sent the teleplay to Ken Simmons, of K. Simmons Media Group Inc., out of Hawaii, and it was optioned.

When the teleplay was optioned, it had to be updated due to a main issue it dealt with.

Rose said “Static” is about an elderly man who has dementia who thought he was hearing old radio programs through an old radio he picked up at a bar. People he shows the radio to say they only hear static. The man then gets put into a nursing home and he becomes despondent and reclusive. The radio is brought to him in the nursing home and he turns it on and all the residents at the nursing home start hearing old radio programs through the radio.

Rose said information about dementia has been learned since the teleplay was initially written, so information about dementia, and Alzheimer’s specifically, had to be updated in the teleplay.

The movie was shot in Hawaii during the COVID-19 pandemic and took a while to film due to the pandemic restrictions, he said.

“Static” premiered on Sept. 25 and 26, 2021, in Hawaii on Fox affiliate stations. It is now on DVD and efforts to screen it internationally are underway.

Rose said Simmons submitting it to different indie awards allows him to raise money in order to distribute the movie.

There are other potential showings of “Static,” some in the area. One is at Wabash College and the other is at North Webster American Legion. Times have not been set yet, but Rose will be at both to answer questions afterward.

Rose said he was glad the movie won the awards and wishes his brother was around to enjoy it with him.

A teleplay Indiana author Richard Rose initially wrote at least two decades ago with his brother has been made into a movie, which has got some indie award recognition in the last several months.

“Static” was a finalist for best feature film at the Washington, D.C., International Film Festival in January, as well as receiving jury special mention for feature length fiction at the 2022 Chicago International Indie Film Festival Nov. 5 and best feature film at the 10th annual Moody Crab Fest in October.

Rose said he and his late brother wrote the teleplay 25 to 30 years ago. They marketed it around and optioned it twice by independent producers thinking it would be good for PBS, but the producers couldn’t raise the money to make the movie. The teleplay ended up sitting on a shelf for a number of years. Then Rose sent the teleplay to Ken Simmons, of K. Simmons Media Group Inc., out of Hawaii, and it was optioned.

When the teleplay was optioned, it had to be updated due to a main issue it dealt with.

Rose said “Static” is about an elderly man who has dementia who thought he was hearing old radio programs through an old radio he picked up at a bar. People he shows the radio to say they only hear static. The man then gets put into a nursing home and he becomes despondent and reclusive. The radio is brought to him in the nursing home and he turns it on and all the residents at the nursing home start hearing old radio programs through the radio.

Rose said information about dementia has been learned since the teleplay was initially written, so information about dementia, and Alzheimer’s specifically, had to be updated in the teleplay.

The movie was shot in Hawaii during the COVID-19 pandemic and took a while to film due to the pandemic restrictions, he said.

“Static” premiered on Sept. 25 and 26, 2021, in Hawaii on Fox affiliate stations. It is now on DVD and efforts to screen it internationally are underway.

Rose said Simmons submitting it to different indie awards allows him to raise money in order to distribute the movie.

There are other potential showings of “Static,” some in the area. One is at Wabash College and the other is at North Webster American Legion. Times have not been set yet, but Rose will be at both to answer questions afterward.

Rose said he was glad the movie won the awards and wishes his brother was around to enjoy it with him.
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