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Better Hearing Consumer
By Gael Hannan

Do you use captioning?  On TV, perhaps, or in the theater, or on internet videos?  Perhaps you enjoy CART (Communication Access RealtimeTranslation) at live events?

It’s not easy to explain the simple power of turning the captions “ON” for people who have difficulty hearing the spoken word. It’s the difference between dark and light, confusion and clarity, misinterpretation and understanding. Instead of being locked outside in a storm, we’re chatting with friends around a fire.

In whatever form we use it, captioning brings the spoken word to life. It turns blah-de-blah-de-ya-da into meaningful conversation. It gives us access to people, and that’s what we’re all here for, right? So what happens when we lose the words, when there’s no captioning to fill in the blanks?

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The New York Times

It’s not every day that a film from Ukraine is released in the United States without subtitles. But “The Tribe” is in so many ways a special case: a crime drama about a teenage “deaf mafia” in which the only words used are sign language. As conceived, written and directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, the movie tells its story of violence and love through visuals alone, withholding translations of the nonprofessional actors’ passionate signing.

Even Mr. Slaboshpytskiy, 40, wondered whether his artistic gamble would work.

“Of course I was not sure when I start this film,” he said in a recent Skype conversation in English from Ukraine. “I thought it was a very brave and very pretentious idea. And nobody knew who I was!”

Now more people will know Mr. Slaboshpytskiy’s formidable name (pronounced slaw-bosh-PEETZ-kee): “The Tribe” begins a theatrical runon Wednesday in New York before its gradual release in theaters across the country. At festivals, his highly unusual debut feature has been a must-see, sweeping up prizes in the Critics’ Week competition last year in Cannes before going on to awards at AFI Fest, Sundance, the Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival and elsewhere.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

A class project has become an opportunity for middle school students at Kentucky School for the Deaf to introduce deaf culture on a wider scale.

The students have created “KSD Middle School Musical,” which follows the story of middle school students Sharpay, Troy, Gabriella and their friends through the halls of KSD, highlighting deaf culture and middle school angst with musical breaks.

“We would really like for the community to see what deaf culture is like. There are some people who aren’t even aware of deaf people, much less the culture,” said Parrie Kay Herring, an eighth-grader who plays the character of Sharpay.

The movie will be shown in two theaters Friday morning at Danville Cinemas 8. It will be free to the public. While the entire movie relies on sign language, it also will be captioned for those who do not know sign language.


Students began the project in January, as part of their arts and humanities classes. The middle school is on a three-year rotation for the class, explained Ann Arnold, a teacher who helped craft the KSD musical. Typically, they do a production, but this year, they wanted to try something a bit different that could incorporate more aspects of technology.


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AFI Silver Theatre provides open captioning for select films:

Sunday, February 1
  • BIRDMAN 7:05 (OC)
Monday, February 2:
Wednesday, February 4:

Check for upcoming Open Caption Screenings!

AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Rd., near the intersection of Colesville Rd. and Georgia Ave.  For daily listings call 301-495-6700

(!)  Pass Restricted

Mary Dalto

Theater Manager | AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center | American Film Institute 
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | P: 301.495.6720 | F: 301.495.6777 |



The Republic  |
Maria Polletta
December 1, 2014

Mesa native Troy Kotsur, who was born deaf and dreamed of directing movies, recently debuted his first film, "No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie."

Nearly three decades ago, Troy Kotsur was "a small fish in a big pond."

A Mesa native who'd been born deaf, the Westwood High grad had big dreams of becoming the next Steven Spielberg — and his parents weren't sold.

"Of course, they wanted what was 'safe' for me, but over time, my parents learned that part of my personality is being a risk-taker," said Kotsur, now 46. "I was born a storyteller."

Now, Kotsur is swimming with the big fish. A successful actor who has appeared in theater productions, TV shows and films, he has at last added "director" to his resume.

His film "No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie" was screened in Mesa on Nov. 22.

Kotsur, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 9-year-old daughter, talked to The Republic about his journey from Mesa to the silver screen in an e-mail interview.

Responses have been edited for clarity.

Question: What was growing up in Mesa like for you?

Read entire interview . . .




Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester , NY
David Riley, Staff writer
August 18, 2014

A loose-knit group of deaf and hard-of-hearing people wants movie theaters in the Rochester area to more readily provide captions on-screen if patrons ask for them.

About 40 advocates took their cause to the Regal Henrietta Stadium 18 theater earlier this month, said Dean DeRusso, a Gates resident who is deaf and participated in the protest. Many people had difficulty using special captioning glasses provided by the theater or thought the devices were uncomfortable, while others found that there were not enough for everyone to use, he said.

DeRusso said he asked theater employees to activate on-screen captions instead, but was told that only upper management could do so.

In DeRusso's view, that means that the region's large deaf population is not getting equal access to the theater. An estimate by the National Technical Institute for the Deafin 2012 said that more than 40,000 people who are deaf or hard of hearing live in greater Rochester — among the largest per capita populations with hearing difficulties in the U.S.

DeRusso said the theater should turn on captions for any movie when at least one deaf or hard-of-hearing person attends.

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When a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy to redefine what "being normal" means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself.

This event has been confirmed for August 14 at 8:30 PM
Reserve Tickets online:

NO Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movieno_ordinary_hero

At AMC Tysons Corner 16 on August 14 at 8:30 PM

Director: Troy Kotsur
Starring: John Maucere, Michelle Nunes, Marlee Matlin, Ashley Fiolek, Peter Hulne, Zane Hencker
2014, 78 min.
Drama, Family

SUPERDEAFY must reveal the man behind the cape to find true love and inspire a young deaf boy to believe in himself. The movie follows the evolution of this unique hero. A beloved character and role model, SuperDeafy has a worldwide following. He has been turned into t-shirts, posters and dolls… and now a movie. This film marks the first time in cinematic history that a SAG commercial feature film is being executive produced exclusively by deaf executive producers and directed by a deaf director. The film will be 100{31ab897a4370feb218155abc15d7b38f5bba01528a749bd66fe114ec092a63fc} open captioned every screening.

Reserve Tickets online:

Learn more in ASL about movie, hosting and Tugg

There will be the OPEN CAPTIONS (not closed captions) on "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL" movie.  It was a true story about a 4 years old boy who had his near-death experience and went to heaven before returning to his lifeless body.  Meet us at the movie.  Don't miss it!
Date:     May 4, 2014  Sunday
Time:    1:50 pm
Where:  Regal Stadium 14
             8001 Gateway Promenade Place
             Gainesville, VA  20155
RVSP:   April 26, 2014  Saturday
              Please respond to Jessi Lightfoot at:
See you there!

By Gael Hannan, Hearing Health Matters 4/8/2014

In hindsight, we should have picked the movie about the spelling bee over the cute animals marching two by two into Russell Crowe’s ark.



I mean, how loud can a spelling bee be, whereas Noah turned out to be a surprise candidate for the Loudest Movie I’ve Ever Seen award.  But who knew?  The

Spoiler Alert:  
Noah is too loud with non-stop visual effects.other choices for a movie night with the Hearing Husband and my hearing friend Wendy were action/thriller films that we figured would be too loud with non-stop and over-the-top visual effects.

While it’s not a religious movie, there are angels in the form of gigantic stone-lava transformers.  And there are hordes of screaming people who can’t swim and don’t have tickets for the ark.  When le déluge starts, the water comes not only from the sky, but from mighty geysers roaring up from the earth, hundreds of feet in the air, presumably as part of the Creator’s plan to get that boat afloat as quickly as possible.  And all of these noise sources happen at the same time, creating a mega-decibel cacophony that almost melted my hearing aids.

I wish I had been able to turn on the Decibel Meter app on my cellphone to measure the volume.  But I didn’t have any free fingers.  I had taken out one of my in-the-ear hearing aids because it was magnifying the already loud noise (when is compression supposed to kick in?) in a sensory onslaught that made my head vibrate and my eyeballs ache.

My other hand was helping to balance my popcorn and drink, because the drink holder contained my CaptiViewcaption thingy.  (I’ve complained about this before; if my caption device is in the drink holder, I have to hold the huge drink in my lap.  A shout out to movie chains – get the Sony Caption Glasses system.  It places the captions where you want them and leaves your hands free for food, drink and hearing aids.)  . . .

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CINEMABILITY Salisbury Movie Premiere to benefit local charitiesflyer_movie

Lower Shore Enterprises, MAC, Inc and Somerset Wellness Center

Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)


From the early days of silent films to present day, from Chaplin to X-Men, disability portrayals are ever changing. This dynamic documentary takes a detailed look at the evolution of “disability” in entertainment by going behind the scenes to interview Filmmakers, Studio Executives, Film Historians, and Celebrities, and by utilizing vivid clips from Hollywood’s most beloved motion pictures and television programs to focus attention on the powerful impact that entertainment and the media can have on society.

Do disability portrayals in the media impact society or does the media simply reflect our ever-changing attitudes?  This important documentary aims to find out if the media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of the disabled and determine if an enlightened understanding of disability can have a positive impact on the world.

Cinematography by D. SCOTT DOBBIE Editor CHRIS LORUSSO Original Score by ERIK LUNDMARK
Written by JENNI GOLD and SAMUEL W. REED Directed by JENNI GOLD   PG13_rating_Wai



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Will we be seeing another new technology to watch captions in movie theaters?  Unique glasses and ultraviolet light could be the key, according to a video on invisible CAPTIONS.

Captions would be viewed with lightweight, half-frame glasses which can be manufactured at low cost. The business plan includes collaboration with Regal Cinemas in Rochester, New York for testing.

See a video about this technology at:

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Reel Abilities Film Festival Screening (Updated 1/30/2013) 5:39 PM

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FILM: Silent Games
74 minutes | Hebrew with English subtitles
Tuesday, February 12 | 7:00PM | George Mason University Hillel
4400 University Drive (Research Hall, Room 163), Fairfax, VA 22030

Free.  To RSVP, e-mail -

Silent Games is a documentary about the Israeli Deaf Soccer Team – you won’t believe the amazing stories of each player, the camaraderie, and what it takes for the team to compete in the 2007 World Championships!

...continue reading "Reel Abilities Film on Israeli Deaf Soccer Team on Feb. 12 (Updated)"

California School of the Deaf football team stuns league to win title,
nearly lands spot in sectional championship

By Cameron Smith, Sports 11/29/2012

See the full story and a video (signed, with captions):

They are a growing football powerhouse, the kind that uses both physicality and skill to stir fear in any foe. They have a small roster -- just 19 players suit up for the varsity football squad -- and are smaller in stature than nearly any opponent, with no player reaching even 200 pounds, let alone the 300 often breached by top linemen. ...continue reading "California School for the Deaf Wins League Title"