On-Screen | In Person Film Series: Deaf Jam

  • Guest Artist
Tue, 04/19/2016 - 7:00pm
| Baker Hall | Free; Open to the Public

Filmmaker: Judy Lieff
Illuminating the extraordinary power of American Sign Language (ASL) poetry, Deaf Jam is the story of Aneta Brodski's bold journey into the spoken word slam scene. When Aneta, a deaf Israeli immigrant high school student, makes an extraordinary connection with a hearing Palestinian slam poet, they transcend personal and political divisions to generate a new form of poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the deaf. “Poetry, friendship and respect transcend politics...Delightful and endearing, utilizing upbeat music and clever graphics, Deaf Jam immerses us in the richness and complexity of deaf culture and gives us a unique perspective into a world so vibrant, so diverse, it may forever change the way we see the non-hearing.” Barbara Pokras, A.C.E. - Woodstock Film Festival. Click here for film's website. 

 The On Screen/In Person film series is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. On Screen/In Person is designed to bring some of the best new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region.

Our 2015-2016 filmmakers bring us stories that highlight the struggles that women have faced – and still face – in their daily lives and the quest for a supportive and equal society. They show us the power of the arts to heal physically and mentally and to create a space for personal expression.

Selected films include: Deaf Jam directed by Judy Lieff; Foreign Puzzle directed by Chithra Jeyaram; Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos directed by Jonathan Gruber; REBEL directed by Maria Agui Carter; Small Small Thing: The Olivia Zinnah Story directed by Jessica Vale; and The Winding Stream directed by Beth Harrington.

The filmmakers will be present at screenings to engage local community members to build greater appreciation for their works and the art of film.  The purpose of On Screen/In Person is to provide exhibition opportunities for independent filmmakers; provide access to film programming of excellence to audiences across the mid-Atlantic region; and to provide communities with opportunities that engender greater understanding of the filmmakers work and enhance the viewing experience.

On Screen/In Person is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program.