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Posted on October 21, 2012
Updated Sunday, Oct 21
Spokane-- More than 150 Spokane students spent Sunday at school acting on a movie set in Spokane. The film is about two 10-year-olds who met at a north Spokane school, that’s why it was important to filmmakers to shoot the movie locally.
“We could have gone to a number of places, but it was important for us to do it here in Spokane because the story took place in Spokane. Up on the north side by Linwood Grade School in 1965. It’s a true story about best friends who met in the fourth grade. One’s a hyperactive little devil, and the other one is in the late stages of muscular dystrophy and he’s confined to a wheelchair,” said Lyle Hatcher co-writer and director.Both lead actors are from the northwest. The one playing Lyle is a Spokane local. It’s the first time he’s been in a film and he says it’s...read entire article
Spokane Couer d'Alene Living Magazine Article
by Julie Humphreys
David Dahlke’s deathbed request of his mother was simple.
“Momma,” he said.
“Yes David,” she replied, looking lovingly down at him.
“Tell my story.”
It has been forty-plus years in the making, but David’s story is finally being told, thanks to the persistence and faithfulness of his childhood friend, Lyle Hatcher, and the help of David’s mother, Gloria Dahlke. The boys’ friendship is beautifully detailed in Different Drummers, a book that was recently made into a movie and filmed on location in Spokane, the same place where their story originally took place. The two boys never imagined their lives would become the subject of a book, let alone...read entire article
Spokesman Review Article
by Pia Hallenberg
Story of long-ago friendship comes to movie life
At daybreak Sunday morning, Spokane Valley’s Pratt Elementary School was bustling with children. The gym was crammed full, and desks were cleaned and lined up in one of the classrooms – which is unusual, since Pratt closed in 2007.
The school is experiencing a second career as part of the set for the movie “Different Drummers,” based on a book of the same name written by Lyle Hatcher and Don Caron.
“I think we have almost 150 extras here today,” said executive producer Gary Marks. “They are just great.”
“Different Drummers” is the true story of a friendship Hatcher developed as a child in Spokane in the mid-1960s. Hatcher was a hyperactive boy, running wild and driving his parents frazzled with his...read entire article
Liberty Lake Splash Article
by Hope Brumbach
Drumming Up a Book
By Hope Brumbach
Splash Editor 8/26/2009
The first stab at penning the story of his childhood earned Liberty Lake resident Lyle Hatcher a prestigious screenwriting award - won by the likes of George Lucas and Ang Lee.
Hatcher and his writing partner, Don Caron, landed the Grand Remington for Best Screenplay in 2007 at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. Afterward, with funding in place, the pair expected the story would hit the big screen.
Then the economy tanked, the funding fell through and new sources proved fruitless. Nearly a year ago, determined to tell the story, the pair decided on...read entire article
Spokesman Review Article
by Jim Kershner
April 1 2007
An inspirational screenplay, “Different Drummers,” by Spokane’s Lyle Hatcher and Don Caron, has won first prize in the Best Screenplay competition at the San Fernando Valley International Film Festival.
It’s based on a true story from 1965 about the friendship between two North Spokane boys, a 10-year-old with muscular dystrophy and his hyperactive friend (modeled after Hatcher himself).
Hatcher said that some big names in Hollywood have already come calling. Meanwhile, he and Caron hope to produce the film independently, shooting entirely in Spokane.