The inspiration for "RUN" came while Craig Otto was eating lunch at a Subway sandwich shop in NYC. He wondered, what would life be like for a lonely Midwestern mechanic who loses everything due to a tragic accident? What would it FEEL like to be that isolated and alone?
Craig has known grief--his mother had recently passed away. Carrie Fischer famously said, "take your broken heart, make it into art." And so, he did.
Craig reached out to his friend Frankie Valenti to star in the picture as well as to develop the film's narrative with him. Frankie has family members who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing, and Craig’s very first boyfriend (from many years ago) is Deaf, so they chose to weave together a story that demonstrates the sense of 'family' inherent within that community.
Together, Craig and Frankie moved mountains to get started, and their little production gained the respect of the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, the largest Deaf organization in the state of Ohio. They helped connect the filmmakers with 25 Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who drove from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Tennessee and Indiana to be part of this production.
They were then blessed to have Marlee Matlin, Alan Cumming, Barbara Rosenblat and Frank DeCaro join the cast!
What started out as a small indie film has become a movement. Thank you for joining us as “RUN” begins to screen in the festival circuit.