Deaf Jam, the story of deaf teen Aneta Brodski’s bold journey into the spoken word slam scene. Longing to explore and fully participate in the hearing world, Aneta dives into ASL poetry, a vibrant three-dimensional art form where body movements convey meaning. ASL poetry liberates a deaf poet from the confines of spoken language. There is no paper or text. Rhymes are measured in hand shapes and meter in movements. Images cut and dissolve as its verses transcend all spoken word.
In a remarkable twist of fate, Aneta, who is Israeli, meets and then collaborates with Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. They create a hearing/deaf duet touching on their shared personal and cultural experiences — generating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the deaf. Deaf Jam premieres on the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 10 PM (check local listings).
FREE preview screening event. Reservations recommended.
Performance by Quest Visual Theatre.
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About the Filmmaker: Judy Lieff (Producer/Director) is a dancer, filmmaker, and teacher. She earned her M.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts. Lieff has produced, directed, and edited many award-winning short dance films. She is a six-time grant recipient for dance/media projects and has years of experience in both film production and post-production. She began her relationship with the deaf community through the making of an experimental cine-poem, “Duties of My Heart.” The film became a catalyst for four consecutive grants to teach video production workshops she designed for deaf teens. Lieff is also the recipient of a National Dance/Media fellowship from the Pew Charitable Trusts and two New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) independent film grants.
When & Where
ITVS Community Cinema
Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Presented by Independent Television Service (ITVS) in partnership with local public television stations and community organizations, these in-person events and online social screenings bring community members together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time. For a complete lineup and more information about the Community Cinema series visit: communitycinema.org.