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Crowdfunding Site’s Deaf Filmmaking Project

Odd Socks Productions are proud to announce that their upcoming short film Tama has been included as a one of the launch projects on Boosted, The Arts Foundation’s new crowdfunding website.

Storyboard from Tama is courtesy of the Arts Foundation.

Tama is the result of a unique collaboration between Deaf and hearing filmmakers. It follows a Deaf Māori teenager as he struggles to learn the haka in Kaikohe. Determined to rise to the challenges that stand in his way, Tama undergoes the transformation necessary to earn the respect of his community.

The innovative script by co-directors Jack O’Donnell and Jared Flitcroft includes dialogue in four languages (the three official languages of New Zealand and Māori Sign Language). Both directors are exciting fresh talents in the Wellington filmmaking scene with Jared notable as the first Deaf filmmaker to graduate from Wellington's film school. Jared was also a recipient of the 2012 AMP Do Your Thing! Wellington scholarship award, sponsored by Advice First financial advisers. The Odd Socks team are interested in creating opportunities for emerging Deaf actors and crew to gain experience that may lead to employment opportunities.

The funds raised from Boosted will go towards the production phase of the film including gear, crew, transport and New Zealand Sign Language interpreters. The team will shoot the film in January and February 2014 while editing and mastering will take place in the following four months.

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Boosted, went live on Thursday 21st March and will provide an exciting new way for New Zealanders to engage in the arts. Boosted has been made possible due to the support of the Lion Foundation, Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand; Strategy: Design & Advertising, Auckland, NV Interactive, Cathy Campbell Communications, Jaguar New Zealand and DPS. Anyone wanting to donate can do so by visiting and following the link to the Tama page at

Updated on 23rd July 2015