After nearly two decades working on the business affairs side of the entertainment industry, Delbert Whetter, 48, is finally working toward producing his first film. Whetter, who lives in Santa Monica and is a member of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, is trying to bring the real-life story of an all-deaf Oregon high school track and field team in the 1980s to the big screen. When he talks about it, his eyes light up behind his wire-rimmed glasses.
“My brother was on the team, so the story is very personal for me,” he said recently at the Mid-City offices of Film Independent, a nonprofit arts organization that champions independent filmmakers. For Whetter, who is deaf himself, the road to becoming a producer has been long and winding.