2nd Annual Night at the Theatre features ‘Becoming Bulletproof’
Updated: Mar 10
Film documents production of a true Western featuring actors with and without disabilities
You can purchase tickets at oleancenter.org/oleanevents
Come see how a unified cast of people with and without disabilities comes together to share their love for filmmaking and each other. You’ll laugh and cry along with this amazing group while supporting the people and the important work of the Frank Olean Center during our 2nd annual Night at the Theatre, April 20, hosted by United Theatre in downtown Westerly.
Tickets are $30 for the pre-movie reception only, or $60 for the reception and movie. The full event will run from 6 to 9:45 p.m.
‘Becoming Bulletproof’ has earned multiple awards and documents the making of an original Western film called ‘Bulletproof,’ which is complete with saloon brawls, showdowns at the poker table, and evil villains.
‘Bulletproof’ is the brainchild of two brothers and their wives who produce an inclusive film project in Hollywood every year at Zeno Mountain Farm. The film features actors with and without disabilities who meet to write, produce, and star in original short films.
“Inside the often-comical filmmaking process we witness vibrant human bonds and powerful insights,” according to a review by American Film Showcase.
“Weaving between 1890s period drama and present-day action, Bulletproof’s snaking plot requires mastering lines, pushing through take after take, and showing up on time in costume. As the actors grapple with these high expectations, we see the payoff: a can-do community spirit, the genesis of a riveting film, and a personally and socially transformative experience. We learn lessons about reaching our fullest potential through artistic endeavor and hear direct from actors about overcoming their exclusion and marginalization.”
For the producers, ‘Bulletproof’ isn’t about actors’ limitations, “It’s all about making an awesome movie, not a statement.” A.J. Murray, 32, from Atlanta, has cerebral palsy and plays the town’s mayor. Jeremy Vest, 28, born with Williams Syndrome, plays the film’s hero, Bulletproof Jackson. Zach Gottsagen, 29, who has Down syndrome, plays the evil Grim. Judy Moscariello, 53, who also has cerebral palsy, plays a woman shattered by her lover’s murder.
‘Becoming Bulletproof’ has earned multiple awards, including: Beloit Film Festival – Best Documentary; Heartland Film Festival – Audience Choice; Vail Film Festival – Best Documentary; Hollywood Film Festival – Cinecause Winner Best Documentary; New Hampshire Film Festival – Grand Jury Winner Best Documentary.
Tickets can be purchased here