Icarus Films announced this past week that the KimStim Collection film release of director Troy Kotsur’s No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie will arrive on DVD this coming Aug. 18.
In a summer full of mega-budget superhero films this “superhero” movie is something of a breath of fresh air. The director is deaf. The star of the film is deaf. And the subject is about being deaf in a world of the hearing and how it is to be different.
So if you are lucky enough to catch No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie it will not all be about feeling sorry for the deaf. Simply because it is directed by and starring individuals with hearing “issues” doesn’t make it any different than any other well-told story.
SuperDeafy is actually a real-world character that filmmaker Troy Kotsur (The Number 23, Universal Signs) has personified for the past 15-years in live appearances to bring humor and education together in “talking” about the world of deafness, sign language and understanding the challenges that these individual face.
This film takes the real-world of Kotsur’s persona — SuperDeafy — and spins a story about a young boy named Jacob (Zane Hencker), who is both in conflict with his father — who wants him to be “normal;” read-lips, use that hearing aid, get along, etc. — and with some of his fellow students who are at that age where differences are notices and rarely understood.
The television version of SuperDeafy, played by deaf actor John Maucere as Tony Kane, is also in conflict. He wants his bumbling comedy character, who is a bit of superhero klutz, to be taken more seriously. He’s frustrated with the advice not to “mess with success.”
So what happens when SuperDeafy/Tony Kane meets Jacob? Well, superheroes do what superheroes do … they come to the rescue, but in this case in both a real-world and a family-friendly story way. Life-lessons are both taught and learned and preaching is avoided in favor of humor.
Bonus features include an interview session with Marlee Matlin (who is featured in the film as herself).