Creator/Producer of "The Strength Within You" Film Series and TSWY International Film Festival, Katia Belas, was invited to participate at the Hong Kong International Film Festival happening from May 3-5, 2019.
Coming along with her, was Deaf actor Miles Barbee from our sponsored film "Talk to the Hands".
Both spoke at the Q&A Section after a special screening of all our films and some films selected from our past festivals. And they both participated at seminar about how films can empower the use of Sign Language.
Los Angeles, CA – KMB Entertainment in association with the College of the Canyons ASL Department and Club present the 2nd TSWY International Film Festival.
The festival has as its mission to promote and encourage team work between Deaf and hearing filmmakers. Created from the main concept of The Strength Within You Film Series, this festival was organized to give the opportunity to those who may not have that many opportunities or venues to show their work, while believing that the collaboration between Deaf and hearing crew and cast can bring respect and education to new filmmakers from all over the world toward the deaf community.
The festival will take place at Hasley Hall Theater located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Valencia, Santa Clarita, California on November 3rd from 2pm to 10pm followed by an after-party. The festival will consist of a free entry to filmmakers interview hour starting at 2pm to 3pm, following 2 1h30m showcase screening sessions of shorts and feature films selected by the festival’s directors, and ending with a selection of special multi-awarded films including 19 times nominee, 10 times winner film “This is Ed!!”, 30+ times nominee, 10 times winner film “Sign – A Silent Film”, Best Horror Film at the Seatlle Deaf Film Festival “Deafening Darkness” and 15 times nominee, 13 times winner film “Wild Prairie Rose” and will include the premiere of KMB Entertainment’s new short-film “Talk to the Hands - A Prologue”, a film highlighting the difference between Deaf and Hearing culture. “Talk to the Hands – A Prologue” gives a hint and set up the character and story which will be developed in the feature length film, “Talk to the Hands” schedule to be released in 2019.
The event will be video hosted by actor/director/American Sign Language Performer; Tyrone Oraguzie, who has recently toured with singers Prince Charlez and Ayanis. The ASL Department and Club will be providing sign language interpretation and access to and from ASL signers at the event.
The festival’s selected films includes: Oh Sugar!, Eye of the Beholder, Telltale Signs, White Noise, Tempo, Awkward Silence, Greta My Love, Relationshit, Hedy & Heidi: The Lost Sister and Don't Just Hear.
Filmmakers Open Interview hour will be attended by Katia Belas (Brazilian Filmmaker & Creator of “The Strength Within You” Film series), Deborah LeVine (Award Winner Director/Producer of “Wild Prairie Rose”). Lisa Stoll (Award Winner Cinematographer of “The Strength Within You – DUI”), Troy Kotsur (Actor/Director of “Wild Prairie Rose”. Kotsur is best know for his role on TV shows such as CSI), Mark Trifunovic (Award Winner Director of “Deafening Darkness”), Phillip Brown II and Justin Callaway (Director & Cinematographer, respectively, of “Eye of the Beholder”) and other filmmakers of films selected for the festival, and more to be announced.
Event Details: Saturday November 3rd, from 2pm to 10pm at Hasley Hall Theater – College of the Canyons located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Valencia, Santa Clarita, CA 91355. To purchase tickets and more information please visit:
For more information regarding the festival, selected films and directors biographies: www.TheStrengthWithinYou.com
We want to produce more films. This project creates films that focus on social issues and taboo with no dialogues. We are seeking writers interested in improving their reel and add credit to their resume (IMDb). Scripts shouldn't be for more than a 5min film.
This is a volunteer/collaboration position.
IMDb credit & Copy.
Interested, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Angeles, CA – KMB Entertainment and Greater Los Angeles Agency of Deafness (GLAD) present the 1st TSWY International Film Festival.
The festival has as its mission to promote and encourage team work between Deaf and hearing filmmakers. Created from the main concept of The Strength Within You Film Series, this festival was organized to give the opportunity to those who may not have that many opportunities or venues to show their work, while believing that the collaboration between Deaf and hearing crew and cast can bring respect and education to the new filmmakers from all over the world toward the deaf community.
The festival will take place at GLAD’s Auditorium located at 2222 Laverna Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041 on November 4th and 5th, starting at 3pm. Filmmakers panel discussion will be held on November 4th preceded by a 2 hours screening of films selected for the festival and the pre-screening of KMB Entertainment’s new feature film “Talk to the Hands”, a film highlighting the difference between Deaf and Hearing culture. Followed the panel, a special screening of the feature film; “Found on South St” multi-awarded film about the Deaf identity in the Hearing world. The film was made with no-money and has been a great inspiration to many filmmakers and cast and crew involved in the process. On November 5th, another 2 hours screening of films selected for the festival starts at 3pm, followed by Red Carpet and VIP Reception & Award Ceremony starting promptly at 7 PM.
Filmmakers Q&A panel includes Katia Belas (Brazilian Filmmaker & Creator of “The Strength Within You” Film series), Danny Blair (Executive Producer of “Found on South Street”), Bob Hiltermann (Actor/Director - Best known for his work on the starting of Deaf West Theatre, Oscar Winning Film "Children of a Lesser God" and TV Show "All My Children"), filmmakers of films selected for the festival, and more to be announced.
Event Details: Saturday and Sunday November 4th and 5th, from 3pm to 10pm at Greater Los Angeles Agency of Deafness located at: 2222 Laverna Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041. To purchase tickets and more information please visit: https://TSWYFilmFest.eventbrite.com
For more information regarding the festival: www.TheStrengthWithinYou.com
We are expanding to our 2nd and 3rd phase of the project and the amount of work is overwhelming for our 1 person staff only. We want to make sure we do a good job and would love to have more people involved in the project as we grow our mission and our reach to the communities!
The Marketing Manager will work closely to the producer to ensure the accurate message and branding of our project. Create social media contents, advertisement, outreach programs, fundraising and many other duties to give our audience the best quality we can.
This position is non-paid volunteer work open to anyone who wants to get involved and contribute to our mission regardless if Deaf or hearing.
Serious candidates only! To apply, please send resume to: email@example.com
TSWY Producer is looking for writers who are interested in having their work become a film.
Aspiring or experienced professionals, Deaf or hearing screenwriters are welcome!
If you want to write for our series or have a script done that is in tune with our concept, please contact us!
Scripts shall be no longer than 5 pages and have no dialogues of any kind or language.
IMDb credit, option contract.
Serious inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are in need of some awesome people to help out at our Premiere Events in both LA and NYC locations.
Basic duties: Help with registration, make sure everyone has their ticket for door prize, pass around raffles, guide artist to VIP area (in LA only), help with interpreting as needed.
Certified Interpreters: Attend to Deaf Talents during red carpet interview and as needed during network time. Interpret for hosts during presentation. (No need to interpret the films, non has dialogues or sound)
Event is on March 25th: LA 4pm-7pm and NY 7pm to 10pm.
LA event: Free parking
If available and interested, please contact Katia Belas at email@example.com
THE STRENGTH WITHIN YOU – A DEAFTALENT
LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK – KMB Entertainment (previously Claquete Entertainment, of “When Cupid Dances…”) announced the forthcoming Double Coast Premiere Event of the film series “The Strength Within You” – A Deaf Talent project in which every film is made by a mix of diversity team on set including professional, apprentices, Deaf and hearing. The event will happen at the same time in both New York and Los Angeles and a live streaming of both events will be connecting the attendants to each other. The acclaimed Deaf Comedian CJ Jones will be hosting the event in Los Angeles and the famous CODA Comedian Keith Wann will be the host in New York!
The Strength Within You Double Coast Premiere will take place on March 25th in Los Angeles at the GS Sport Bar & Lounge and in New York at the Banter Bar. It will screen the The Strength Within You first 5 films followed by a presentation by creator/producer Katia Belas and an introduction of the cast and crew and their experiences on the set. The films are:
- Domestic Violence: Starring: MaleniChaitoo (Freeform’sPeabody Award-winning TV Series Switched at Birth, Don’t Shoot The Messenger) and Keith Wann (Multi Award-Winning Documentary Film See What I’m Saying) - Directed by Katia Belas. (A woman’s will to live free is what fuel her power to break free.)
- A Suicidal Matter: Starring: Ava Paloma - Directed by Albert Dabah(In Mental Health issues, seeking help is what makes one strong and not weak)
- Love Wins: Starring: Joshua Castille (Switched at Birth, Tony Nominee Spring Awakening on Broadway), Bob Hiltermann (See What I’m Saying), Amanda McDonough (Switched at Birth, NBC: Bad Judge), James McGowan (Switched at Birth) - Directed by Dickie Hearts (Winner 48hr Challenge: Passengers, Project Greenlight Winner webseries: Save the World)(Parents’ support and understanding on the development of a homosexual child is just as important as keeping that child alive and healthy)
- DUI :Starring: Sandra Mae Frank (Switched at Birth, Spring Awakening on Broadway - Directed by Katia Belas(You know your own body, and your alcohol consumption so only you can decide what is right or wrong for yourself)
- Be-You-tiful: Starring: Amelia Hensley (Spring Awakening on Broadway), Kristi Mahe, Jeffrey Israelson, Stephanie Rose - Directed by Trudy Sargent (International Award Winner The Boy Who Became King, Daddy's Girl, Are You Ready For Love?)(No one needs to tell you who you are, only you can define your life and accept yourself)
The Strength Within You is a short film series in which each film approaches a social issue. Each and every film mixes Deaf & Hearing, professional & student crew and/or cast. It has several goals including giving opportunities to aspiring film/video professionals to gain hands-on experience and build their demo reel. Both Deaf and Hearing new talents can benefit of this extremely different experience. It gives the experience to aspiring and professional talents and artists (producers, actors, directors,etc) to understand a little bit of the Deaf culture by being involved and needing to communicate with the Deaf talent on set. It inspires aspiring and professionals to learn and understand the Deaf culture, pride and community and grow better with it, respecting and educating themselves about Deafness and disability in a whole. As the films focus on giving a message which may have been talked about a lot, but still needs more exposure to educate and bring awareness to the population and all communities in the world, this film series also encourages the talents of a wide variety of diversities, backgrounds and histories in the film industry!
In 5 films so far we have included in our cast and crew not only Deaf and Hearing talents but also Latino, African-Amarican, Native American, Jewish, members of the LGBTQ community,all women crew, victims of bullying, relatives of a survivor of Domestic Violence and a relative of a suicide victim…and we are on the way to work with many more members of minority and diverse groups!! The special nuance of all films is that none has any dialogue in any language (although some may have texts in English) and they are designed to showcase the universal language that everyone, Deaf or hearing can understand, the language of the body, gestures, colors, eyes contact, facial expression and all the emotions that comes with it.
PRAISE & AWARDS FOR “THE STRENGTH WITHIN YOU”
The Strength Within You is still on Film Festivals run, as Domestic Violence and A Suicidal Matter which was finished earlier last year was officially selected to Fanboy Film Fest, IndieWise Film Fest, IndustryBoost Competition, Cineplay Film Festival and ChhatrapatiShivaji International Film Festivaland are now on their way to Indiewise Convention in Miami this next August. Love Wins, DUI and Be-YOU-tiful, are in different phases of completion and will start their festival run right after the Premiere Event.
OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
In addition to the many individuals The Strength Within You project has impacted on, creator Katia Belas is expanding it locally and globally with a Festival and exposition of films with the same characteristics and values employing Deaf talents and encourage the film industry to search and give access to Deaf individuals who wants to be part of it, as well as partnering with local schools and artistic organizations to create a program of outreach to High Schoolers to learn more about filmmaking and Deaf culture in hopes that this education and new experience will change the scope of the new generation toward Deaf community.
FILMMAKER STATEMENT – KATIA BELAS
After 13 years away from the film industry, I returned to find that technology had changed, there were new venues – YouTube and Vimeo are big channels now (man, 13 years ago, no one even knew about YouTube). I had to find a way to do something for myself. Being an immigrant and having an accent and "not so perfect" grammar wasn't helping either. People looked down at me and would see only an older, stupid, no talent, no vision, no good for anything person. With discriminatory behaviors all over, I had to swallow to get to internships so I could at least network and learn. Until I saw 1 film that changed my mind and lit up that little light bulb inside my head. It was a very short 1:54min silent film (almost a PSA) done by 2 amazing Deaf talents called CIG. I saw it and I thought, that is what I will do for me and for people who, like me, are also seen as the "stupid, no talent, no good for anything" in this world. Having been involved with Deaf people for 2 years at that point, I had already decided that my main goal when working in the industry was to work with Deaf Talents, so I just put together the hunger and the wiliness to eat (or, you might say, put 2 and 2 together) and came up with the idea to make this series. Short films that can be done with Deaf talents, proving to the world that we (Deaf, immigrants, older people) have talents, we are not stupid, and we can do anything regardless of anything, age, disability, language.
The first film was actually crazy, since I was "out of shape.” I asked a friend (Maleni Chaitoo) to help me by acting in it, but I ended up getting Keith Wann to volunteer as well, so my plans changed. How am I going to say no to having Keith in my first film? Of course, I would want him in. I just needed to come up with another script. Since CIG was about stopping smoking, it also gave me the idea of making all films about something that society should be always thinking about, making people feel good about it, making changed lives a good thing at the end. Hence, Domestic Violence was the first film, and all others would have the same type of energy.And so the series came to be.
The Strength Within You website: www.TheStrengthWithinYou.com
Looking for Interpreters Volunteers for a film shoot to interpret for 2 Deaf actresses.
The filming will be on Tuesday 11/15 from 10a-6pm in Koreatown, LA, CA.
Volunteers do NOT need to stay the whole time, but any fraction of time during the filming hours will be much appreciated.
Students are welcome to contact us, and we are happy to fill out any school paperwork for class credit as well.
If interested and available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to send your information to our actors database for future projects, you can do so by emailing your headshot and resume to: email@example.com