Norma's Sun, The Film

$570 of $325,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 46 months

Never in our silent moments of illusion do we sense the dark parallel that lives beside us. Nor do we suspect the carrier.

 • Full-length feature film that takes the audience from 1928 to present day

• Emotional Storyline that engages the viewer to examine themselves and their own personal values.

• Award Winning Screenplay & National Recognition

Hello, My name is Kris Courtney   I have lived many years with what you are about to read and learn through the links provided. I'm an Artist, Author and person with physical disabilities that I choose to use as an 'Ability'.  An ability to share my life struggles, family secrets, taboo and forbidden as a path to help or identify that we are all alike more than we are different. My writing is being received with many levels of emotional recognition, acceptance and revealing awareness.

The idea to make this movie a first novel in the form of a memoir for Artist Kris Courtney and as a first attempt, the flaws of style and experience are to be expected. Once on paper, in the public's hands, the compositional decisions can not be painted over as they can in the author/artist's paintings. The story is a bizarre one and had Courtney not elected to start from history and escort us to the present it would seem just another dysfunctional family epic. A "must-read" for all who ponder their roots and family life. This is an intense , compelling story of a baby who was born defective in body but not in spirit. The reader must be prepared for a journey like no other that visits incest between cousins and the heartbreak that follows.

Editorial Book Review:
Norma Jean's Sun Memoir ( Based on a True Story ) "A Wonderful commentary on the very things that make us all human" "Brave honesty of confession, makes the book unique" "Touching story, full of hope" The story is not only convincingly true, but will rivet the reader with its genuine and unassuming pathos. It is this kind of brave honesty of confession and growing philosophy that makes the book unique !!!

(True Story - Inspirational Family Drama)

Norma comes into view from a family secret held by Matriarch's to give birth to a child with severe deformities only to struggle through her own identity crisis in raising and ultimately letting go of her only Son who will fight to find a common uniqueness prior to an emotional translucent ending. 

A Family History of Choices, Imposing Consequences and the People who Survive with Grace & Unparalleled Ability!

Family history resulted in the bearing of a child with double the indemnity of passing on a flawed gene pool magnified in subsequent generations. And so Norma Jean gives birth to Kris, a child with multiple profound skeletal deformities and webbing of digits that required full body cast at birth (separating him from the succor of a mother's hands and causing a sense of shame to the father), a condition so severe that it took in excess of twenty surgeries in an attempt to correct the deformities.

This is not just a memoir, it’s a tale of courage, family failings and devotion & discovery. One man’s detached observation of his family, himself, and life ‘s twist turns and fate! It will leave you with much more of a willingness to accept life's insecure patterns with a zest for self discovery and adventure! 

This Feature Narrative Film is about the life of my Mother Norma and her family history of struggle to become the mother of a child with needs beyond any comprehension of the day and what lifes avenues presented all the while retaining the Grace and Beauty that she held. Only to find in the end an ending that will touch your core! Born with multiple birth defects, amputations and the isolation of pain, My life began with the enduring of 20 surgeries to function or walk in a world of normalcy only to be a springboard for escape and illusion. Throughout all, Norma retained the Grace and Dignity of a Woman who knew her purpose and direction! Her iconic image inspires today and will present a platform and audience into a never before filmed area of life inside a family struggling to accept reason!

As with all personal and professional relationships, our goal is to encourage those to bring raw benevolence energy to the table to produce the highest quality of film and entertainment. This film message, aligned with organizations such as March of Dimes , Riley Children's Hospital , Saint Jude’s and The Ruth Lyons Foundation will enable us to extend our resources in alignment with those whom share in this reality of overcoming life’s struggles with inspirational direction! Life is about Ability!

Over the 5 years published, I have received comments from people who were very moved by the book. The question most often asked was, “Are you going to make it into a movie?". I have always known that this would be a Film! As a young child captured by device and cast, I authored the first page of this book at age 12.

I am going to make this movie and with your help it can happen.

Our Goal is to Debute and participate in the 2016 Film Festival Season!  Prior to the screenplay being completed, a previous Kickstarter attempt was made to fund the initial effort which all of those original goals and tasks have been either completed or prepared to move forward!  We have also reached out to secondary film talent to Document and capture all the behind scenes during production!

Soundtrack that will grab your Heart and Squeeze every ounce of emotion with an insightful ending that will touch your core!

Prospective ‪#‎SoundTrack‬ List Includes: John Mellencamp , Amos Lee , Bella Thorne , Bob Seger , Maroon 5 and a Host of Personal Friends to appear in small venues and screen shots...

 In the recent year past, I have finished composing the working Screenplay using the Professional Film Industry Standard “Final Draft ” Software. This was an entirely new adventure for me and presented many obstacles to overcome. In years past while living in Santa Fe, NM I have had the honor & privilege to associate with many of the most talented people in the industry and have reached a point of production! Through consultation with gifted artists, I embarked upon transforming the memory of my life and those contained into a descriptive, graphic emotional journey that will take the audience from hope and tragedy and carry them into a conclusion that will leave you asking yourself questions and searching for answers to follow...

Captured by circumstance of events rather than virtue of birth rights, a family is set upon a direction that will alter course to yield penalty.


The Current Film scouting for this production focuses upon primary of Muncie Indiana, Indianapolis, Madison Indiana and will also include various production sites in Ohio & Kentucky. The Secondary landscape of the Southern California and Mohave Desert will be dramatized in coordination with Film resources.

Each Location will solicit local talent, extras and services available that include publicity avenues!

The desired talent list for this Featured Film will range in both present and past leading Lady, Dynamic Men and Discovered Unknowns through local casting calls to portray an intimate and emotionally challenged expression of family dynamics and all things that make us human! We have reached out to many on this list through various agencies and by incorporating the IMDb records, have established preliminary contact with most.


This Film requires Top Creativity & New Discoveries!


 Elizabeth Banks 
Charlize Theron
(Elizabeth Banks, Scarlet Johansson, Frances McDormand, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow)


 Harvey Keitel - IMDb
Fred Ward - IMDb
(Harvey Keitel, Fred Ward, Robert De Niro, Sean Penn)


 Donald Sutherland - IMDb
(Donald Sutherland, Ray Liotta, Morgan Freeman)


 Emma Watson - IMDb
(Emma Watson, Donna Dixon, Kate Mulgrew, Jody Foster)


 James Cromwell - IMDb
(James Cromwell, Shia Saide LaBeouf, Kiefer Sutherland)


 Gary Oldman - IMDb
(Gary Oldman, William H. Macy, Seth Green, Chris Cooper)


 Kathy Bates - IMDb
(Kathy Bates, Lynda Carter, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep)


 David Morse - IMDb
(David Morse, Jon Voight , Russel Crowe, Jack Nicholson)


 Jennifer Jason Leigh - IMDb
(Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emily Browning )

This is Now for purpose of Production - The Target Date for Release is Spring 2019! 

This is a labor of Love and Respect that Will Become a Reality – I need your Support & Involvement!

 - This film is a passionate True Story with a Human Connection

- This story will impact you at the moment you identify your own struggles

- There has NEVER been a Film of this Genre and Impact Storyline

- Benevolence of Spirit & Talent will become a Paramount Element

In addition, pre-production funding is Critical - Be part of the project and simply click on the green button above! GOFUNDME will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want and how you want to sign up!

Signing up is easy, and we look for your involvement with Gratitude & Blessings – Thank you!

Point of Clarity
Although a Previous KickStarter Campaign was Statistically not able t make the "All or Nothing" and was pulled based on projected values, It is our intent to capitalize on all funds raised to secure Production, Distribution and Talent at "Angel" Film Development.

We now Need You to SHARE / POST and Solicit this project to your network of connections!  Together we can produce a Genuine Feel-Good Film that is SO Needed in these times of an Entertainment Industry in need of transformation back to Quality & Iconic Movies.

Risk, Consideration and Challenges

Low budget independent films face the challenge of distribution. However we can make the film exactly as we like and are confident that the making of this film will generate incredible interest and distribution will ensue both from the film industry but also from the Non Profit Charitable Organizations that we are aligned!

The schedule for shooting has been formatted for various weather conditions, ie. Indiana Winters, Mohave Desert

Cast and Crew:
Insurance and contingency plans will ensure all employed participants arrive and perform on scheduled dates. The travel and use of Extra's Casting from Public Notice will offer many opportunities for additional local talent!

Reward Fulfillment:
T-shirts, DVDs, posters and other memorabilia will add to costs. The aforementioned will be handled by a professional fulfillment company and all products will be sent out in an efficient manner before the film's release.

Additional Legal Information:
- Rewards to visit set are subject to scheduling and will be confirmed as far in advance as possible. To visit the set you must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one).
- Only US citizens or those with a current US working visa can pledge rewards as Extra or Cast Members
Must be 18 years of age
- Appearing in film, name in credits, mention in production etc. requires a mandatory release form
- all planned shooting locations are subject to change

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Humbled to have been notified tonight that Norma's Sun - The Film #Screenplay ONLINE Nevada International Film Festival

PLATINUM 2017 #AWARD WINNER - Screenplay

This #Film and the #Team being Assembled is Incredible & The #TrueStory contained is being Developed into a Powerful and Iconic Image as noted today by BlueCat Screenplay Competition & recently the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards !!

I am genuinely Humbled to share this News with all of you !!


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Humbled at the Success & Gratitude for #ARFF2017

Austin Revolution Film Festival - Austin Texas 2017

#Script found on #FilmFreeway ~FINALIST~ Nominee @ARevolutionFF @CreateSpace @MuncieVoice #TrueStory
#ARFF2017 Norma Jean's Sun #Screenplay
This Film WILL BE Made !! #ARFF2017
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#FINALIST #ARFF2017 @ARevolutionFF Austin Revolution Film Festival Sept 19-23, 2017

@FilmFreeway #Screenplay #Film #TrueStory #Memoir #Script

As a Step Towards Film Production, this recognition begins another chapter to create & express the core message found inside Norma Jean's Sun !!
FINALIST #ARFF2017 ( Official Laurel )
ROAD Trip !! #AustinTX #FilmFestival
Austin Revolution Film Festival ARFF2017
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Exciting Step towards making this #Film a Reality !!

@ARevolutionFF Incredible News & Gratitude for Norma Jean's Sun , #Memoir by American Artist Kris Courtney to be included as a SEMI-FINALIST #TrueStory #ARFF2017 - #Blessings

American Artist Kris Courtney
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