Hotline (2014 film)
Director Tony Shaff
Music director Jess Stroup
Country United States
Genre Documentary, Biography, History
|Release date April 28, 2014 (2014-04-28) (Hot Docs)|
Cast Miss Cleo, Jeff Ragsdale, Tonya Jone Miller, Jaime Blaine
Producers Tony Shaff, Bryce Renninger, Lauren Belfer
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Hotline is a 2014 documentary feature film written and directed by Tony Shaff. The film explores the intense connections that are made between strangers over the telephone, and explores these anonymous conversations people are often too hesitant to have with the people closest to them. The film stars Miss Cleo, Jeff Ragsdale, Jamie Blaine, and Tonya Jone Miller.
The film was first shown in Toronto at Hot Docs on April 2014, where it was an official selection and audience and jury favorite. On August 9, 2014 Hotline won First Prize for Best Feature Documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. On May 9, 2014 the Brooklyn Film Festival announced that Hotline had been selected for inclusion in its prestigious feature film line-up.
Hotline explores telephone hotlines throughout the United States. We meet Brad Becker of the GLBT Hotline, Youree Dell Harris (aka Miss Cleo, formerly of the Psychic Readers Network), the Homework Hotline in Nashville, Tenn. We meet the telephone volunteers at the Anti-Violence Project, Alan Ross of the Samaritans in New York. Jamie Blaine is a crisis counselor in Nashville, Tennessee. Brent Furlong is a pastor who runs Go Time Ministries in Pennsylvania. Tonya Jone Miller runs the Bay City Blues sex-line in Portland, Oregon. We see another telephone sex worker known only as Gypsy. We meet Jeff Ragsdale, the eponymous Jeff, One Lonely Guy hotline out of New York.
Shaff, a former telephone psychic and suicide prevention hotline volunteer as well as reality television producer and director, shot the film at various locations across the United States. In post-production, Shaff worked with both the film's composer, Jess Stroup, and the film's editor, Charlie Dugan, on a score which utilized an analog dial tone theme. "The jumping off point for working on the score for Hotline came after I listened to a Radiolab piece about phone phreaking that featured a blind boy with a difficult school and home life who said that he found comfort in the sound of a telephone dial tone," Shaff explains. Shaff used the crowd source funding website, kickstarter, to finance portions of the project.
Release and distribution
Hotline screened at IFC Center on November 17, 2014 as part of DOC NYC festival. Gravitas Ventures released the film in select theaters and on iTunes and VOD on November 18, 2014.
On August 9, 2014, Hotline won First Prize for Best Feature Documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
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