Private Project

The Silent Natural

William “Dummy “ Hoy one of the first Deaf Major League Baseball players, not only overcame many obstacles to become one of the greatest players of his time, he introduced umpire hand signs for STRIKE and BALL.

  • David Risotto
    Life Imitates Art, Full Circle, Smashing Stereotypes, Mirage, Chocker, Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero, Harp Brothers
  • David Risotto
    Life Imitates Art, Full Circle, Smashing Stereotypes, Mirage, Chocker, Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero, Harp Brothers
  • David Risotto
    Life Imitates Art, Full Circle, Smashing Stereotypes, Mirage, Chocker, Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero, Harp Brothers
  • Steve Sandy
  • Ani Kyd Wolf
  • Branscombe Richmond
  • Sam Jones
    Key Cast
    "Jacob Hoy"
    Flash Gordon, Ted
  • Sheree J. Wilson
    Key Cast
    "Rebecca Hoy"
    Dallas, Walker Texas Ranger
  • Miles Barbee
    Key Cast
    "Dummy Hoy"
  • Barry Livingston
    Key Cast
    "Frank Selee"
    My Three Sons, War Dogs, Jersey Boys, Tremors 3
  • Marshall Teague
    Key Cast
    Roadhouse, The Rock, Armageddon
  • Barry Pearl
    Key Cast
    "Milwaukee Manager "
    Grease, Straight Outta Oz, My Favorite Martian
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Family, sports, baseball, Deaf
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 2, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Red Carpet
    United States
    May 31, 2019
  • Alhambra Threatre
    Hopkinsville, KY
    United States
    May 31, 2019
    Kentucky Premiere
  • Victory International Film Festival
    Evansville, IN
    United States
    September 13, 2019
    Film Of the Day
    Official Selection
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival
    Cooperstown, NY
    United States
    September 20, 2019
    Official Selection
  • VIFF Best Feature Film
    United States
    September 13, 2019
    Best Feature Film, Nominated Best Director, Nominated Best Actor, Nominated Best Screenplay
  • IndieFEST

    Award of Merit - Disability Issues
  • IndieFEST

    Award of Merit - Feature Film
Distribution Information
  • Self
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - David Risotto

DAVID RISOTTO, Producer/Director/ Writer, Grow up in Brooklyn/ Queens New York and at the age of 17 went into the Air Force for 8 years. He is a Vietnam veteran. After the Military David moved to Seattle and went to work for Boeing and played semi-pro football. In 1984 he had a chance to play for the Raiders in LA but a car accident took that dream away.
David has 25 years managerial experience, has a degree in Arts and Science and has 30 years experience in the entertainment industry as an actor, writer, director, editor and producer. When David first came to LA. a friend got him work for Warner Brothers Records in the Licensing Department to help get his foot into the entertainment industry. Even though it was a great experience, David wanted to learn about making films. His first taste of films was up in Seattle where he got cast in a small role and did some stunt work on the film Harry and the Henderson’s.
After leaving WB Records, he started working on independent films as an actor. He also worked on Soap Operas such as Santa Barbara and Days of our Lives as an actor. He wanted to learn as much as he could about film making but gravitated to the director. David would hang out with the directors on every film he did and learned that if you want to be a good director you needed to learn every aspect of filmmaking which includes production, camera work, lighting, grip and editing. And that’s exactly what he did. David has worked as a cameraman, a grip, a gaffer and editor and has been recognized for his accomplishments. Working as a cameraman on a multi-camera, Live TV Art show, David quickly learned and moved into being the director for the show.
He also worked at Fox in the Post Production Accounting Department where he learned Production Accounting and Budgeting. He wrote, co-directed, produced and starred in his first film, "Giving Up the Ghost” which was sold in the foreign market. David has since written and directed the short "ONE PARTICULAR SUNDAY", has directed music videos and has DP'd, Produced and help Direct several Award winning shorts and feature films.
Mr. Risotto has Written, Produced and Directed a documentary about the first Deaf Major League Baseball Player, William “Dummy” Hoy who played from 1886 to 1903 and who introduced the hand signal for STRIKE and BALL which are still used today. The documentary has been recognized by as one of the top ten, indie baseball films to see. The Cincinnati Reds have also recognized the film as an inspirational film and is using it as a promotional video in their Hall of Fame to honor Dummy Hoy. Other teams such as the Philly’s have used it to help promote Deaf Awareness Day at their stadium. The Documentary was aired on the Documentary Channel in June 2009 for two years. With private funding the feature film will be produced through DA-COR PICTURES, LLC.
Recently, Mr. Risotto has Written, Produced and Directed the feature film “The Silent Natural” about the same Deaf baseball player William “Dummy Hoy” which is slated to release in 2019.

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