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See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary

1 hours 30 minutes 41 seconds

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This inspirational and heartfelt documentary follows four well-known entertainers in the deaf community: a comic, a drummer, an actor and a singer as they attempt to cross over and reach mainstream audiences. These uniquely talented deaf entertainers overcome great challenges on their way to personal triumphs and professional success. Bob Hiltermann, a drummer in the world's only deaf rock band, Beethoven's Nightmare, produces the largest show in the band's 30 year history. CJ Jones, a hugely famous and internationally renowned comic in the deaf community, fights to cross over to the mainstream by producing the first international sign language theatre festival in Los Angeles. Robert DeMayo, a brilliant actor who teaches at Juilliard, struggles to survive when he becomes homeless, and TL Forsberg, a hard of hearing singer, finds herself caught between the hearing and deaf communities when she attracts her first major producer. Note: Contains potentially offensive language and mature themes.

Media Details

Runtime: 1 hours 30 minutes 41 seconds

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    Emily M. (Rockville, MD)
    April 23rd, 2018 at 08:09 AM

    This is an engaging and interesting documentary that gives viewers a glimpse into the lives of d/Deaf performers. I love Robert's description of the continuum of sign communication around minute 30. My high school students really enjoy this movie. Highly recommend.

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    Anonymous (LOCKPORT, IL)
    May 2nd, 2017 at 09:24 AM

    Brilliant documentary showing the struggles of what it is like to be a person who is deaf in the arts world. Excellent stories and histories of the people.

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    Anonymous (Lakewood, OH)
    January 11th, 2016 at 09:17 AM

    This DCMP material has been critical for understanding of career decisions and real-life problem solving in the area of creative arts. In fact, all of the DCMP media have been invaluable to helping students find their footing in positive view of their own identity as Deaf individuals living and growing successfully in a larger world. Through DCMP media they can catch a glimpse of a Deaf World that exists though they might've never seen it. They begin to see that there is so much yet to experience in their lives.

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    Anonymous (West Hartford, CT)
    May 4th, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    We all loved it...we want them to make a follow up movie!