The Deaf Entertainers Documentary – See What I’m Saying
Hilari Scarl’s multiple award-winning documentary showcases four superlative artists, each well-known in the deaf community — a comic, a rock drummer, an actor and a singer — as they attempt to cross over to mainstream audiences. They all have to work extra hard to make the breakthrough, with various personal challenges, and the difficulty of getting the attention of audiences new to deaf entertainers.
See What I’m Saying is a heartfelt celebration of a community that views deafness as a different culture rather than a disability. It has been screened in 800 cities in 19 countries, to packed audiences and critical acclaim. It is a powerful testimony to a relatively unknown side of the entertainment industry, and will make you laugh and cry in equal amounts.
Director Hilari Scarl, a hearing woman fluent in American Sign Language, has worked with deaf actors and entertainers in numerous productions. She has also worked as a consultant on Hollywood films, including the Academy Award-winning Sound of Metal (2020).
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Best Feature Documentary
Grand Jury Award
Best Film About the Deaf Experience by a Hearing Filmmaker
Breaking Down Barriers
– Jeannette Catsoulis
– Andrew Hall
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