Award-winning Feature Film Stars Large Cast Children
and Adults with Disabilities
The Movie, “One Little Finger” premieres at the Laemmle Monica Film Center on August 16, at 7 PM. The event starts at 5:30 PM with a Red Carpet Opening. After the screening there will be a Question & Answer segment, and a party. The Laemmle Monica Film Center is at 1332 2nd Street, in Santa Monica, CA 90401. The phone number of the Film Center is (310) 394-9744, Keep checking the LA Monica Film Center website at https://www.laemmle.com/film/one-little-finger for ticket announcements; tickets will go on sale no later than August 13.
Raina, an American neurologist, uproots her life to research music therapy in India, and finds herself teaching children and adults with disabilities. By bringing them together through music and inspiring them to challenge themselves through their abilities, their lives are transformed.
Den and Angel, though they are disabled, want to contribute towards the betterment of society by overcoming their physical challenges. As they come of age, they must learn to cope with abuse and bullying. Their lives intersect with Raina, who is struggling to further her research.
Raina’s philosophy and life changes while she is in India, where she is touched by the beauty of the culture and the stories of children with disabilities. Through her experience, she understands that balance of mind, body, and soul are vital in realizing the true value of life. Disability is a perception; ability is what we believe.
The movie stars Tamela D’Amico as Raina, Siedah Garrett as Dr. Claudia, and a cast of 80 plus disabled actors of all ages. Abhinaya portrays Angel, a hearing-impaired girl. Sayombdeb Mukherjee plays Den, who has cerebral palsy.
The soundtrack includes contributions from Ms. Garrett, Quincy Jones, Julian Lennon, AGT finalist Kechi Okwuchi, Indian classical guitar player Viswa Mohan Bhatt.
Written and Directed by Dr. Rupam Sarmah, a multi-talented singer-songwriter, filmmaker, social entrepreneur, and computer scientist. He has produced and directed award-winning movies, charted #1 in billboard and a holder of Guinness World Records®. Kevin Mackie, a Grammy® Winner and an Ambassador for the UNESCO Center for Peace, USFUCA, is the Executive Producer for the film.
Says Dr. Sarmah, “’One Little Finger’ is not just a film, a movement, to break the barriers of the stigma of the word disability. All it takes is a change in perspective, a change in our mindset! Disability is only what we perceive, Ability is everything of what we believe!”
“One Little Finger” has received worldwide recognition, 3 Telly Awards, and is blessed with over 27 laurels including Best Feature, Best Inspirational Film, Best Music, Best Director, Best Song, Best Public Awareness Film in various festivals in Cannes, Italy, Spain, London, USA and India. The One Little Finger Foundation is taking ongoing initiatives to support United Nation’s sustainable goals promoting Inclusion, Education and Innovation. See below for more details.
Please, let me know what music services you need. We have Christmas songs. My artists run the gamut of session players and composers--notably the incredible string player Joe Deninzon, keyboardist Phoebe Legere, Grammy-nominated Gary Lucas.... I'm pleased that one of the projects I supplied some talent for--ONE LITTLE FINGER-- won a number of awards, most notably The World Peace Initiative--Best Film in Cannes.
AMERICAN HEART Jaclyn Bradley Palmer: Dark patriotic pop, inspired by my love for America, yet sadness over its current state. The slow-paced beat piano and EDM is strong and hopeful. Like pop Billie Eilish mixed with the dark folk pop of Phoebe Bridgers.
STAR SPANGLED BANNER Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert & Friends: Only use music between :17 and 3:50) Soulful Hard rock version of the Francis Scott Key song. Traditional lyrics of “Star Spangled Banner” to 2:28, and then part of “The Pledge of Allegiance,” and shouts of “Freedom!” “United as One!” “Government for the People!"
THE GREATEST LIVES Thembeka Mnguni: This song that channels advice from Muhammad Ali’s interviews, with emphasis on respect and working hard. Vocals by Voice South Africa runner up Thembeka Mnguni, whose alto range recall a superheroine version of Etta James and Cissy Houston combined. Midwestern rock vibe with Rod Stewart/Kenny Aronoff-styled drums by Carmine Appice. (Sheer Publishing administrates this song).
HAMBA KAHLE MANDELA (GO WELL MANDELA) Sharon Katz & Nonhlanhla Wanda: Piano and acoustic and electric guitar, the right amount of harmonious electric instruments give “Go Down Mandela” a comforting blend with two gentle female voices in English and Zulu. Stirring ballad to say “goodbye” to Nelson Mandela, whose birthday is July 18. The song is a challenge to carry his lessons forward. (pronounced HAM-BA-KAH-LE MANDELA) (H=soft sound).
PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE Michael Veitch: Acoustic music about how easy it was to pledge allegiance to an America that once was. Old school imagery of Hollywood, cars, sending men to the moon, learning to shoot. Then things changed to the point money went south, and food taken from the babies’ mouths, and vivid descriptions of climate change. Cross between David Crosby and Marc Cohn.
POPULAR Rebecca Loebe: Sweet and gentle song, reminding us that everyone has felt unpopular. Fact is, “it’s not about you anyway.” Her voice is like a soprano Dar Williams, gentle pop arrangement with tambourine. This song helped get Rebecca on the bill for Mountain Stage this September.