Golden Globe Nominated Actor Richard Hatch, who passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 after a short and sudden battle with pancreatic cancer, had just recently completed filming a starring role in the independent feature film DIMINUENDO in Los Angeles, CA.
First-time feature director Bryn Pryor was present with Hatch’s family at the actor’s side when he passed. Pryor bonded with Hatch during the 2015 production of COWBOYS & ENGINES, a short Pryor directed that starred Hatch and veteran actor Malcolm McDowell.
Pryor had been working around the clock to finish a first cut of DIMINUENDO to screen for Hatch. “This movie was incredibly important to Richard,” said Pryor. “He was afraid he wouldn’t live to see the film.”
Pryor and the film’s producers had been planning a screening for Hatch that would have taken place in late February, but when his health declined, they managed to screen it for him on a tablet in his final days.
According to Pryor, “Richard is brilliant in the film. It’s his best work ever. He didn’t miss a single beat. If Richard’s not talking on-screen, his eyes are. He’s made this little movie of ours incredible, and I miss him so much.”
Since Hatch’s passing Tuesday, several of the DIMINUENDO cast members have reached out about an informal memorial.
As a tribute, the producers have decided to move forward with the February 28th screening that was planned for Hatch. The Los Angeles event will be a private screening exclusively for cast, crew and extended friends & family only. Many of Hatch’s former co-stars over the years have been quietly confirming their attendance. The film itself will likely premiere at a film festival in late summer/early fall, to be followed by a release date that has yet to be set.
“Richard wanted this movie seen. It was vital to him,” said Pryor. “He said, ‘This is the last thing I’ll be remembered for. Get it out there,’ so we have to do that.”
In addition to the screening, Richard Hatch asked Pryor to release a few of his favorite scenes from the film when he was gone. The first of these features Richard, CHLOE DYKSTRA, LEAH CAIRNS, PETER JAMES SMITH and YAN NIKITA GUO, and introduces the uncanny, robotic LifeDoll that mimics Chloe’s character, Cello Shea.