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'SUPER' Needed

In a world where superheroes are no longer needed, Super Cat attempts to convince a confident roller girl otherwise.

Premise: You don’t need to be super to be a hero.

Super Cat, a superhero, is convinced that the world needs her saving. Especially those who have a disability. On a mission to save Laura, a fierce roller girl, her world is turned upside down. For Laura seems not to be in need of any saving. Confronted by a lack of purpose, Super Cat is propelled into an existential crisis. Lucky for her, Laura is able to help her realize that she doesn't need to be super to be a hero.

‘SUPER’ Needed is about ‘normies’ - Superheroes - forcing their good intended help onto people who differ from the norm. We want to show that people with a disability, mentally or physically, can do way more than people often think. There is no need to treat us any different.

Members of our cast and crew with a disability
* Nicolette van Polen (Paraplegia/ADD) - Actress (Laura) and Supporting Writer
* Caatje van Leeuwen (Severe Dyslexia) - Actress (Super Cat) and Writer
* Vincent van den Ouden (ADD) - Actor (Johnny Eightpax) and Writer
* Fabio van Elswijk (Aspergers Syndrome) - Editor/Colorist
* Mari Sanders (Cerebral Palsy) - Supporting Writer
* Guus van Leeuwen (Cerebral Palsy) - Supporting Writer
* Anies Souisi (Cerebral Palsy) - Production Support

Social Handles: @Breakfreefilms #Breakfreefilms

  • Veerle Ackerstaff
    Blurred, Lights Out and Away We Go
  • Suzanne Lauwen
    Lights Out and Away We Go
  • Caatje van Leeuwen
    Step by Step
  • Vincent van den Ouden
    Hopsa Heisassa
  • Nicolette van Polen
    Key Cast
  • Caatje van Leeuwen
    Key Cast
    "Super Cat"
  • Vincent van den Ouden
    Key Cast
    "Johnny Eightpax"
  • Eveline Haverlag
  • Fabio van Elswijk
    Lights Out and Away We Go
  • Ahmad Achram
    Step by Step
  • Andrea de Jonge
    Sound Design
  • Anne Clercx
    Production Design
    Lights Out and Away We Go
  • Eleftheria Lavdaki
    Costume Design
    Lights Out and Away We Go, Aardbei
  • Ralph Schoonenboom
  • Gregory Schurink
    1st AD
  • Chris Snijders
    1st AC
  • Beau Boogaart
    Best Girl
  • Jerina Overweg
    Production Assistant
  • José Nanninga-Verholt
    Production Assistant
  • Margaret Schraven
    Make-Up Artist
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    Superhero, comedy
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 10, 2022
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    Digital S35
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Director Biography - Veerle Ackerstaff

Veerle (they/them) lived for over 10 years with a mountain tribe on the border of Tibet, which became the birthplace of their writing and filmmaking career. Now, back in The Netherlands, Veerle holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing and a degree in film directing, and is the founder and CEO of Break Free Films, a company that specializes in the creation of films and series that are urgent, diverse, and inspiring. Veerle is committed to carving new paths for those underrepresented in the industry.

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