Heroes Academy (for Training Confidently) or H.A.T.C.H.

The esteemed Hero's Academy (for Training Confidently) is training new superhero recruits - such legends including 'Rickman,' 'The Growl,' and... Darryl. But as each of his fellow 'supers' find their strengths, Darryl believes that his autism is what holds him back. It isn't until the academy is in peril that Darryl is faced with a challenge. Can he save his fellow recruits?

This film was made with the students & staff at Options for All Film & Media Studio - Silicon Valley, and included students with disabilities in front of & behind the camera, including:

- Kidd Carl Cornell (Actor)
- Dustin Parro (Actor & Writer)
- Robert Peng (Cinematography & Editing)
- Frida Barraza (Cinematography)
- Ethan Barnard (Writing, Sound, & Editing)
- William Tan (Music Composition)
- Gabriel Portales (Cinematography & Editing)
- Samantha Doromal (Actor & Cinematography)
- Casey Hung (Actor / Asst Director)
- Ari Cramer (Art)
- Mariah Laza (Costume & Logo Design)
- Joe Herrera (Voice Over)
- Ricky Huynh (Actor / Script Supervisor)
- John Bickham (Actor, Editing, & Sound)
- Rudy Toledo (Actor & Grip)
- Devon Ogaz (Story & PA)
- Suraj Mehta (Story & 2nd AC)
- Samuel Hinojosa (Asst. Producer, PA, & Editor)
- Claire Jensenrose (Art & Co-Asst. Director)
- Aaron McRhoads (co- Script Supervisor)
- Alvin Chen (DIT)
- Aaron Nguyen (Sound)
- Gabriel Villasol (Sound)
- Kenny Davis (PA)
- Dominic Rodriguez (PA & Locations)
- Anderson Sim (PA & Locations)
- Russell Wright (PA & Locations)
- Rachel Cobern (PA & Locations)
- Marc James Weber (PA)
- Mariah Toomey (BTS Camera Operator)
- Andrew Coxhead (PA)
- Justin Joseph (PA)
- Omar Mata-Rodriguez (PA)
- Tom Gholamipour (PA)
- Audel LaRoque (PA)

  • Daniel Martinez
    Director
  • Austin Bean
    Producer
  • Kidd Carl Cornell
    Key Cast
    "Darryl"
  • Daniel Martinez
    Key Cast
    "Professor"
  • Dustin Parro
    Key Cast
    "The Autisinator"
  • Joe Herrera
    Key Cast
    "Villian (VO)"
  • Ricky Huynh
    Key Cast
    "The Rickman"
  • Casey Hung
    Key Cast
    "The Ring"
  • Samantha Doromal
    Key Cast
    "The Shadow Queen"
  • John Bickham
    Key Cast
    "Frenetic Fred"
  • Rudy Toledo
    Key Cast
    "The Growl"
  • Dustin Parro
    Writer
  • Ethan Barnard
    Writer
  • Kidd Carl Cornell
    Writer
  • Daniel Martinez
    Writer
  • William Tan
    Original Music
  • Frida Barraza
    Cinematography
  • Gus Orozco
    Cinematography
  • Robert Peng
    Cinematography
  • Gabriel Portales
    Cinematography
  • Danny Childers
    Editing
  • Robert Peng
    Editing
  • Ethan Barnard
    Editing
  • Gabriel Portales
    Editing
  • Alvin Chen
    Editing
  • Samuel Hinojosa
    Editing
  • Susan McKay
    Art Department
  • Ari Cramer
    Art Department
  • Mariah Laza
    Art Department
  • Claire Jensenrose
    Art Department
  • Ethan Barnard
    Sound Department
  • John Bickham
    Sound Department
  • Aaron Nguyen
    Sound Department
  • Gabriel Villasol
    Sound Department
  • Rudy Toledo
    Grips
  • Marc Weber
    Grips
  • Tom Gholamipour
    Grips
  • Devon Ogaz
    Grips
  • Samantha Doromal
    Assistant Camera
  • Suraj Mehta
    Assistant Camera
  • Marc James Weber
    Production Assistants
  • Russell Wright
    Production Assistants
  • Dominic Rodriguez
    Production Assistants
  • Mariah Toomey
    Production Assistants
  • Audel LaRoque
    Production Assistants
  • Andrew Coxhead
    Production Assistants
  • Justin Joseph
    Production Assistants
  • Omar Mata-Rodriguez
    Production Assistants
  • Ricky Huynh
    Script Supervisor
  • Aaron McRhoads
    Script Supervisor
  • Casey Hung
    Assistant Director
  • Karin Babbitt
    Executive Producer
  • Patrick Scoggins
    Assistant Producer
  • Samuel Hinojosa
    Assistant Producer
  • Franchesca Lacanlale
    Special Thanks
  • Frank Perez
    Special Thanks
  • John Peterson
    Special Thanks
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Mocumentary, Comedy, Superhero
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 10, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Options for All Film & Media - Silicon Valley
Director Biography - Daniel Martinez

Daniel Martinez is a writer/actor/director in San Jose, CA. He received an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television from Loyola Marymount University. Daniel currently teaches Screenwriting, Acting, and Directing to adults with developmental disabilities at Options for All Film & Media in Sunnyvale, CA. Daniel recently debuted his one man show, Me Again, in San Francisco and he also hosts a podcast.

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Director Statement

Daniel is very passionate about telling stories from underrepresented perspectives and is honored to help bring this story to life.