Asrama Ku (Malaysia, 11 min., Malaysian Sign Language with English
subtitles at the end.) Directed/produced by Leon Lim. A Deaf man reflects on
his dormitory struggles when he attends his class reunion.
Audism Unveiled (USA, 60 min., ASL) Directed/produced by H-Dirksen
Bauman, with Ben Bahan and Facundo Montengro. While the word “audism” may be
relatively new, what it refers to-the discrimination of Deaf and hard of
hearing people has been occurring for
centuries. This documentary film explores the experiences of audism in the
lives of Deaf and hard of hearing people.
Auto-Film (France, 16 min,
French Sign Language ) Directed/produced by Levent Beskardes. When I was little boy, I always wanted to be a movie actor.
I realized that I wanted to make a film with just myself and not in front of a
team. It is a curious film adventure.
Cigars 101 (USA, 1 min., no dialogue). Directed/produced by Tracey
Salaway. This silent short shows the Cuban cigar man in Ybor City, Tampa,
Deaf Noir (USA, 14 min., ASL and Crotian Sign Language with English
subtitles). Filmed in the noir style, Deaf Noir features an uptight accountant,
a drunk, Croatians and madness!
Deaf Northwest (USA, 25 min., ASL with English subtitles)
Directed/produced by Irene Taylor Brodsky. Deaf Northwest is a small deaf
community outside of Portland, Oregon in the country’s only assisted-living
facility exclusively for deaf and deaf-blind adults. This film explores the
need for effective communication for deaf and deaf-blind persons as they age.
Dear Frankie (Scotland, 142 min., Spoken English with English
subtitles). Directed by Shona Auerbach. Nine year old Frankie and his mom,
Lizzie, have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember. Wanting to
protect her deaf son from the truth that they’ve run away from his father,
Lizzie has invented a story to satisfy her son’s curiosity. Eventually, Lizzie
must choose between telling Frankie the truth and finding another way to pacify
her son’s need to see his father.
Don't Mind? (USA, 12 min., ASL with English subtitles).
Directed/produced by Patti Durr and Elizabeth Dena Sorkin. Bill opens his home
when he is unexpectedly asked to baby-sit a neighbor’s daughter. The child
invites chaos and confusion in his life and teaches him how to laugh again.
Flying Fingers (USA, 7.5 min., no dialogue). Directed/produced by
Tracey Salaway. A computer-animated film about communication barriers, in both
imaginary and real worlds.
Help Me (USA, 12 min., ASL with English Subtitles). Directed/produced
by Kamau Buchanan. A Deaf man struggles with reality.
In/visible signs (USA, 4 min., ASL). Directed/produced by Emily Jane
Steinberg. A visual-video poem which explores the beauty and expression of
movement both in language and nature.
J&J Exterminators (USA, 14 min., ASL and Crotian Sign Language with
Jack in the Box (USA, 5 min., no dialogue). Produced/directed by Wonsuk
Chung. Two women wonder what to do with a mysterious Jack in the Box.
Little Hands (Denmark, 16 min., Danish Sign Language with English voice
over and subtitles.) Produced/directed by Katrine Talks. A child’s eye-view of
the vibrant and lively world of Deaf children. At a Danish “fritidshjem,” an
after-school recreation center, we follow a group of Deaf children playing freely,
arguing and chatting in sign language.
Lost Reels (UK, 5 min., British Sign Language). Directed/produced by
Matthew Humphreys. Mervyn is deaf and has recently become blind. The lifecycle
of a butterfly, memories and the simple act of making a cup of tea are entwined
to articulate Mervyn’s experience.
Mother's Love (USA, 8 min., ASL). Directed/produced by Bridget Klein.
The film explores the meaning of family. It is the story of two mothers, one
Deaf and one hearing, creating a loving family with their Deaf child.
Mr. V (USA, 3 min., no dialogue). Directed/produced by Ryan Commerson
and Wayne Betts, Jr. The imagination gone wild.
Overdue (USA, 2 min., no dialogue) Directed/produced by Laura Mauldin.
A specific book has disappeared from shelves of a library. Venturing into the
library section on deafness, the main character finds that the shelves are
filled, one after the other, with rows and rows of audiological/pathological
texts. This film concludes with a call for resistance.
See(m)ing is Believing: Questioning What We Know. (USA, 4 min., ASL). Directed/produced by Shawn Broderick
and Emily Jane Steinberg. What
happens to a concept when you build it with moving images instead of written
words? Should we believe what we see? Or is seeing really just seeming? This
film offers, not an explanation nor a translation, but a beginning.
Soulmate (USA, 2 min., no dialogue). Directed/produced by Ryan
Commerson and Wayne Betts, Jr.The trappings of past loves.
Text, Batteries, and Earwax. (UK, 16 min., British Sign Language with
English subtitles). Directed/produced by the Reid Brothers. Comical drama
focuses on the unlikely friendship between Lenny and Steve, two very different
The Leaf (USA, 2.5 min., no dialogue). Directed/produced by Elizabeth
Dena Sorkin. I believe there are two kinds of people in life; busy people and
people who take the time to smell the roses. This short film shows us a day in
the life of a leaf
The Lips (USA, 1 min., no dialogue). Directed/produced by Elizabeth
Dena Sorkin. As a Deaf person, I grew up with hearing people who expected or
assumed every deaf person could lip-read. Even if they talk too fast, have a
mustache, or mumble, they assume we can lip-read perfectly.
To Have/To Find.(USA, 5 min., ASL.) Directed/produced by Susan Dupor.
This hand-animated film is the tale of a young Deaf girl’s escape from reality
with her dog, Lucky. The film draws upon the artist’s personal experiences.
Tree Top Opera (USA, 2.5 min., no dialogue). Directed/produced by
Tracey Salaway. Cicadas, the most amazing insects, emerge from burrows in
17-year cycles and arrive to the treetop especially males to make songs in
order to attract females.
What is Art? (USA, 10 min., no dialogue). Directed/produced by Robyn
Girard. What is art? This film may suggest an answer.