Screening on November 4th at 7:30pm
FESTIVAL: November 4th and 5th
Saturday, November 4
3pm - Screening
Opening: TSWY Film Series
A Suicidal Matter
5:30 - Filmmakers Panel with Q&A Section
Host: Katia Belas - Producer/Creator/Director - The Strength Within You Film Series
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"
Trudy Sargent - Award Winner Director - Be-YOU-tiful
Danny Blair - Exec Producer - Found on South Street
Nathan Alan Thomas - Director - Body Language
Rory Dering - Director - Pittsburgh
Isaiah Moore - Director / Kelse Whitfield - Producer - Mute
Colin Campbell - Director/ Producer - The Sound of Fear
More Filmmakers Panelists to be announced
7:30 - Screening (*PG, strong graphic exposure of blood and wounds)
Dawn of the Deaf
Found on South Street
Sunday, November 5
3pm - Screening
The Quiet Ones
The Deaf and Dumb
Sound of Fear
(all films participating for competition are eligible for Audience Award) Audience attending this screening is welcome to vote.
Special: Pre-view of "Talk to the Hands"
7pm - VIP Reception, Red-Carpet & Award Ceremony
(Red carpet, Award distribution, filmmakers network and Special Celebrity Guests) (hors d'oeuvre will be served)
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***The VIP Reception will be hosted by Lindsay Kate
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Synopsis: When a strange sound infects the hearing population, a group of Deaf people must band together to survive.
Director: Robert Savage - is a multi-award winning writer/director and Screen International Star of Tomorrow, working in features, television and commercials. He wrote, directed, shot, co-produced and edited micro-budget feature film Strings at age 17, which has screened at a number of prestigious International Festivals around the world, including the Rome Film Festival for its premiere. The film was acquired for release by Vertigo Films and won the Discovery Award at the British Independent Film Awards.
Rob is a Berlinale Talents and Edinburgh Talent Campus alumnus and has won a number of awards for his short films at festivals including the London Short Film Festival, Raindance and Sitges and was the recipient of the BFI Future Film Award 2011.
Ron's latest film, "Dawn of the Deaf", has played at almost 100 film festivals worldwide, including the Sundance Film Festival and Oscar-Qualifier Sitges, where it won the Melies D'argent for Best Short.
Rob is currently working on his second feature film, psychological horror "Seaholme", developed with Salon Pictures on the BFI/BBC/Creative England iFeatures scheme.
Synopsis: The story begins in a bustling café. The sound of chatter fills the air. We see that everyone has a number floating above their heads. As we flit in and out of conversations we come to realize that the numbers are ticking down with each word uttered. We focus our attention on a man that has run out of words completely. He sits alone and despondent. A deaf girl with an extremely large number above her head notices and approaches him. She teaches him how to sign his name in American Sign Language and introduces him to her friends, who accept him as one of their own.
Director: Isaiah J. Moore - is a deaf director and writer. However, his first language is American Sign Language rather than English. He is a student recently graduated from San Diego State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Television, Film and New Media. "I have learned so much from working on the films with diverse casts and crews," he writes. He is always trying to improve his communication skills. He writes, "It does not matter that I am deaf. I strive to do my best every day. I do not hesitate to do what is needed to make a project successful. I am very proud of my accomplishments."
Synopsis: A couple’s celebration goes away when their paths cross with the town’s main attraction. Sometimes fate throws twists and turns that leave you crushed.
Director: Jay Kowalczyk - hail from North California and he is graduated from Gallaudet University with a major in Social Work. But life had other plans in store for him. He is currently working for Convo Communications as a Creative Director for 5 years leading the creative marketing's team by providing a fresh, new perspective in Convo’s marketing and film campaigns.
Synopsis: A teacher at a Deaf boarding school is brutally murdered and the suspects have been narrowed down to four students. Can Detective Clarke and psychologist Dr Barton reveal the murderer’s identity before it's too late? Which one of the students is a cold blooded killer? It's always The Quiet Ones.
Director: Teresa Garratty - is an award wining deaf film maker and has been awarded two film funds. The first was for her debut as writer/director (Admit None) and her second was for her most current film (The Quiet Ones), which has been shown at over 10 festivals around the world. The Quiet Ones has enjoyed a lot of festival success with nominations and an award for best film of the year. Teresa has
been invited to attend a selection of theses international festivals, where she has given Q&A sessions about the film and talks on film making in general. She is currently developing her next film proposal as well as continuing to work within the film industry and deaf community.
Synopsis: IVY, a young Deaf woman runs through an empty resort town, hunted by killers. It’s up to Ivy to save a little girl. But how will they stay alive if they can’t even understand each other?
Director: Colin Campbell is a writer and director for theater and film. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film, Seraglio. Seraglio also won Deauville’s Grand Prix and ran on HBO. His recent short film, Girl At The Door, played at numerous festivals, and has received write-ups on Dread Central (“Brilliant”) and Brutal As Hell (“excellent escalating sense of unease… Campbell shows real flair”), and was nominated for a 2013 Fright Meter Ward. He directed the feature filmGuido, starring Billy Zane, Armand Assante, Gary Busey and Lupe Ontiveros, which premiered on FilmOn.com. His production of The Ballad of Ricardo Flores Magon at the Ford Theater was filmed and broadcast by KCET TV. His production of Variedades on OlveraStreet will be broadcast on KCET TV in the fall of 2017. His production of his play, Golden Prospects was nominated for five LA Weekly awards and was Critic’s Pick in TimeOut NY, LA Times and LA Weekly. His supernatural horror screenplay, Harrow Lake was chosen for Film Independent’s Screenwriters Lab and was optioned by Paranormal Media. His supernatural horror screenplay, The Hive, was optioned by Dean Goodhill. Colin regularly writes and directs for Instant Films, where he’s won Best Writer, Best Director and numerous Best Film Awards. He has taught Theater and/or Filmmaking at Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, Cal Poly Pomona University, Relativity Education, and to incarcerated youth through The Unusual Suspects. Colin is currently seeking funding for his thriller feature film The Sound Of Fear. He shot a short teaser for his film which is currently playing at film festivals and just won Best Score at the LA Cinema Festival of Hollywood.
Synopsis: Brett and his closeted lover Alex struggle with whether or not to continue with their tumultuous relationship.
Director: Rory Dering - (No biography available)
Synopsis: A man dealing with the infidelity of his wife, journeys into unfamiliar territory and finds himself, ironically, in a similar situation.
Director: Nathan Alan Thomas - was raised in a small town outside of Mobile, Alabama. He is 27 years old and lives in Baton Rouge with his Girlfriend and Son. He was raised into a kind, film loving family giving him a passion for story telling as well as filmmaking. As of 2017 Nathan has had multiple international selections as well as some additional Louisiana selections. Nathan finished writing Body Language in march of 2016. With the help of great friends and family he was able to start production by early April. The challenge of making a deaf film was exciting to him as well as the opportunity to learn more about the Deaf community in Louisiana. What he discovered was a life changing experience that he will cherish for the rest of his life.
Synopsis: In this first produced mini-episode, James has put toast under the grill and forgotten about it. We also introduce the concept of the UK hospital service not being very deaf aware (by them insisting that deaf people call up to confirm that interpreters are needed). Also introduces the neighbour, Sam, who is completely ignorant regarding deafness.
Director: Dean Kamitsis: Dean is passionate about Equality. Born hearing, Dean became deafened as he entered adulthood and quickly went from a mild hearing loss to a severe one. Whilst doing his foundation degree at UCLan in 2016, Dean found his passion for all things film-making; whether it be for fun or volunteering his skills in the community to winning the UCLan J&MP Media Foundation Year School Prize during his first year. Dean is a scriptwriter, film maker, participant in the BSL Zone 'Found in Love' documentary and not forgetting the creator of The Deaf and Dumb Film, due to be shown at a film festival in Los Angeles in November 2017.
Synopsis: The story of Irina, a deaf woman harboring a deep grudge against herself while trapped in a parallel world. Growing up as an outcast, all she wants to do is be happy and fit in, but it is impossible with who she is and where she lives... so when Irina suddenly finds herself in a different, hearing body, in a different gender, where all the rules have been reversed, she realizes she has a second chance to fix all the wrongs in her life.
Director: Martina Bell - was born deaf and raised in Chicago, Illinois. At an early age, she developed her interest in acting after she was inspired by watching the famous actress, Katharine Hepburn, in her classic features. She registered to Illinois School for the Deaf to begin acting in Tiger Theater, reestablished during her junior year. There, she acted in many plays, including "Anne of the Green Gable" in which she
played the main role of Diana. She later enrolled in Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where she earned a bachelor of Fine Art degree in Graphic Design. During this time period, she has been involved in numerous plays, including "A Raisin in the Sun" in which she played the supporting role of Beneatha in NYC, off-broadway.
Bell moved to California to pursue an acting career in film and television. Since then, she has been involved in independent films and television such as "Titus", "Dark Thinker", and "Switched at Birth" (ABC Family). She landed the lead role of Sofie in the short film, “Sofie.” Sofie had been selected by the top black film festival, San Francisco
Black Film Festival. “Sofie” won the best short film. It is currently in the festival circuit since late spring 2017. Also, she has played the featured role of Jenny Z. in the upcoming feature, “First Crime Out.” She signed on to play a role in next feature, Harmatia in pre-production. She is fascinated in working behind the camera and has been working on a few scripts to develop them for filming. She is the co-founder of
Imageshade films, which produces work such as "Bum Rush" (Los Angeles CineFest), and "Longshot" (Empire Inland Film Festival). For her directorial debut, she has directed and acted in a thriller short film titled, "The Loved Ones" (Seattle Deaf Film Festival). She is enthralled with acting and she never stops being inspired to forge a new path of film-making and design through art and movies.
Synopsis: She has been acting weird.. He is clueless. Together they can figure it out.
Director: Juno Hymaen – No bio was given
Synopsis: Multiple squads are at war with each other that this circumstances with those squads are unexpected!
Director: Tyrone Oraguzie - He is hard of hearing as an African American is born in United of America, he always dream of becoming a movie director. He love to visualize in his mind based on the best Sci-Fi movie he first saw was called "Enter The Matrix". That movie opened up his mind, that anything is possible that he can set his mind into it and this is the reason he loved creating a video into his own imagination!
Synopsis: “Sense” is a short film about psychological and sociological state of mind of a young man, who has a lack of sense of hearing, during the process of creating a literature magazine with one of his friends. He can only communicate with his friend through sign language. They meet up almost everyday to work on this magazine. Within this period with some events, these two friend’s conversations will change and also these will effect the young man’s life about the dilemmas he is facing. This impact will be effective on his character that is developed through his lack of sense of hearing and also on his feelings towards his friend.
Director: Ali Demirtaş - He was born in İstanbul in 10th of April 1996. He still studies in İstanbul Arel University Faculty of Communication Department of Journalism with %100 success scholarship. He educated on cinematography in İstanbul Media Academy for 8 months. During this time he also made experimental and fictional works; a single plan named "Bakış", a music clip named "Kaçış" and a short movie named "Diyalog". He wants to work on the subjects like "disability, criterion, communication" in the area of cinema. All literary and short movie works of him are collected and published by him on his blog named "momamijournalist".