Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Deaf on the Big Screen

Check this out! The 5th annual Deaf Film Festival is being held this weekend right next door (relatively speaking) in Portland, ME.

This is something I'd definitely check out if the timing were not so bad - March 31 is fiscal year-end, which makes March kind of hell month for NGOs as we makes sure all programming is completed and we have spent every cent of - but not one cent more than - our budgets on all programs. Portland is around five hours away, but those of you who know me know that I'll do a road trip - short or long - at the drop of a hat and I would definitely have spent a couple of days checking this out.

A lot of the films sound really interesting.

Lots of stuff not mentioned in the article. Are the films with dialogue (some have none) close-captioned, or is dialogue all in ASL?

Is the festival local to Portland (I hope) or does it move around the country?

Will next year's be in March too? (I hope not. February or April, please.)

The website of the organization referenced by the article (they've screwed up the URL but http://www.deafmaine.com/usm-dff-5.htm>this works ) doesn't reveal much more, but hopefully I can email them and get answers to some of these questions and maybe look forward to making it in 2008.

ronnie

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3 Comments:

Blogger Xtreme English said...

i don't know why, but deaf films leave me cold.

10:37 PM  
Blogger ronnie said...

Maybe they'll leave me cold, too - I've never had the opportunity to see any to know! (Well, I've seen The Sound and the Fury.)

Do you know why they do, Mary Ellen? Or is it something you can't put your finger on?

Hope you're recovering nicely! Keeping an eye on your activation date.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Xtreme English said...

well, mostly it's because i like movies AS MOVIES, and just because a movie claims to be an important insight into a social group or a difficult social issue doesn't mean it's worth watching.

i LOVED "Love Is Never Silent" (1985). It's the story of deafness in a family. Fine actors: Mare Winningham (hearing daughter), Phyllis Frelich (deaf mother), Ed Waterstreet (deaf father), plus Cloris Leachman and Sid Caesar in minor roles.

Frelich is an extraordinary actor, so are Waterstreet and Willingham.

8:31 PM  

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