SHINING A LIGHT
ON TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
WHAT IS THE UNDERLAND PROJECT?
UNDERLAND is a film series from the mind of Dusty Thune. Dusty is a teacher, leader, and advocate for young adults with developmental disabilities. He created UNDERLAND as an opportunity for his students to finally take center stage, and showcase their talents for a mainstream audience. The purpose of UNDERLAND is to spread awareness about topics and taboos facing the world of people with disabilities. UNDERLAND is NOT a documentary. It is a narrative adventure-comedy trilogy! The entire starring cast is comprised of people with disabilities. And, the screenplay was developed around each actor’s individual characteristics, interests, and aspirations. For too long, people with disabilities have been marginalized and misunderstood. Well, here is your chance to meet some of these wonderful people.
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UNDERLAND Episode II: The Rise of Grout
is the continuation of our story. This episode explores the evolution of a bully. Koraline is back to help her friends try and overthrow Ursula’s regime. But, Ursula’s influence has grown more powerful over time. It seams the Underlings may be doomed to live in obscurity. They will need to rely on another unlikely hero. Grout has been under Ursula’s control since the beginning of her rule, but he is starting to see the error of his ways. Grout’s internal struggle between good and evil will reveal his true destiny. Will UNDERLAND be flung further into chaos? Or, can someone finally unite UNDERLAND and UPLAND, to bring back an era of harmony and peace?
UNDERLAND Episode I: Kora’s Quest
takes us on the journey of a teenage girl named Koraline, who is transported through a RIFT of time and space, to a dystopian parallel world called UNDERLAND. There, she encounters a civilization of people who have been ostracized because they don’t fit the status quo of the ruling class. The UPLAND society has sent them to UNDERLAND, to live in exile, because they are different. Koraline befriends the people of UNDERLAND, and helps to lead the Underlings on their quest for freedom from the supreme UPLAND oppressors Lucian and Ursula.
UNDERLAND Episode III: Beyond the Rift
completes our saga. This episode is an existential introspective on what would happen if you could pursue an ideal existence. Ursula and Lucian have been thrown through the RIFT, never to return to UNDERLAND. Grout has taken his rightful place as the Underlings benevolent leader. And order has returned…until Underlings begin to mysteriously disappear. It is going to take a new group of hero’s, to travel through the RIFT, and attempt to rescue their friends. This journey will take them deeper than they ever imagined. They will be forced to make the ultimate decision, to find the way home.