Max Fomitchev: One of a Kind Performer: Cirque du Soleil
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings friends The amazing Max Fomitchev, an extremely talented and highly trained deaf mime who defected from Russia and settled in Canada has after years of auditioning snared a six-month contract with Cirque du Soleil. No easy feat, I assure you. Max auditioned, my source tells me, approximately six years ago but was passed over. Now [...]
Sun, Aug 01 2010
Renowed producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. to speak at WDCF
Reflections Through a DeafLens Renowned producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. to speak at Gallaudet's WORLDEAF Cinema Festival Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., an Emmy winner and Academy Award-nominated producer whose acclaimed films have launched the careers of some of the most famous figures in the industry and inspired generations of movie patrons, [...]
Sun, Jul 04 2010
Marlee Breaks New Ground Again and Again
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greeting Friends, Marlee Matlin, Oscar winning star of Children of a Lesser God is again breaking new ground (not the second or third time) with her new reality TV show “My Deaf Family." In shopping around the show, network and cable executives are impressed but stop short of agreeing to carry the series. Marlee [...]
Fri, Apr 02 2010
NTID Unveils Exciting Website
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, The National Technical Institute of the Deaf recently unveiled a new deaf theatre website coordinated by Aaron Kelstone with the assistance of EDR staff Simon Ting and Cathy Clarke and faculty member Patricia Durr. This webiste showcases and promotes the works of national deaf and hard-of-hearing actors, performers and scriptwriters avalable through the Nat...
Wed, Jan 13 2010
Linda Bove Bats A Thousand
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greeting Colleagues, Linda Bove, star of television and stage bats a thousand in an interview on a national well-respected radio program, National Public Radio. Cool, calm and collected, Linda responds to questions regarding casting a hearing actor in a deaf role. In my book, she's up there with Babe Ruth and Ted Williams to use a baseball [...]
Thu, Nov 19 2009
Producers Guild of America Supports Diversity
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, The Producers Guild of America Diversity recently took a position on supporting disabled actors. Kudos to them for standing up to the "system." Check out this link. Unconfirmed word on the street is that Glee producers approached a school for deaf children and are or have already selected few students to be included [...]
Mon, Nov 16 2009
Hearing Actor in deaf blind Role, “So What,” You Say?
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greeting Colleagues, The controversy continues. Fresh on the heels of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter comes another production, Miracle Worker with Abigail Breslin (hearing) in the role of the deaf blind character, Helen Keller. In iVillage, Entertainment, more on the casting of a hearing person in the role of Helen Keller. The Kidglue story [...]
Wed, Nov 11 2009
Marlee Matlin Addresses FCC
Reflections Through a DeafLens Dear Colleagues, On November 6, 2009, at Gallaudet University, Marlee Matlin testified at FCC. To see the full video program, click on this Federal Communications Commission link. Marlee Matilin as the official spokesperson for the National Association of the Deaf represented NAD at the November 6th FCC hearing. Kudos to Nancy Bloch, Executive Director of the National...
Mon, Nov 09 2009
Here We Go Again: Hearing Actor In deaf Role
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greeting Colleagues, Confronting us at this time, is an issue that has recurred increasingly over the years, one that has consistently ignored "voices" from Deaf people who make their living in theatre, film and television. This particular issue is a bone of contention that has a direct impact on opportunities for Deaf professional actors, [...]
Thu, Oct 29 2009
Getting to Know Bill Creswell
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings: Over a period of time I've developed respect for Bill Creswell's effort toward captioning one video at a time on the Internet. Having worked for the National Captioning Institute I've watched the captioning process and have a healthy appreciation for the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. It's not an [...]
Tue, May 12 2009
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Marlee’s Star on Walk of Fame
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Marlee Matlin receives her Walk of Fame Hollywood star. Marathon Pundit Blog captures the moment with a video shot by none other than our Deaf Read's Tayler. Great job Tayler. Many thanks for taking time to shoot and post the clip. Does anyone else have a video of Marlee with the Star? Did she leave her [...]
Mon, May 11 2009
Marlee Matlin on ABC’s Good Morning America
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, As many of us know, Marlee Matlin is currently on a book tour with I'll Scream Later and hitting major cities throughout the country. The book is published by Simon & Schuster. Bill Creswell provided captions for Robin Robert's interview with Marlee on ABC's Good Morning America. Zimbio carries a series of articles on Marlee'...
Thu, Apr 23 2009
Jane’s Pick: Betty G. Miller: A Living Legend
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Every year Gallaudet Alumni Office hosts a Charter Day program to celebrate the signing of the University's charter by Abraham Lincoln. For this year, the 145th year celebration of the charter was especially significant as it marked the Bicentennial Celebration (1809-2009) of Lincoln's signature. Even U.S. Congress took note of this special celebrat...
Mon, Apr 13 2009
Howie Seago in Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Howie Seago is a powerful actor and those of you who live on the west coast are in for a treat. He's currently with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and will be performing with the company until November 2009. Read this LINK and this one, to learn more about Howie. Many of us are familiar with [...]
Tue, Mar 31 2009
Marlee Matlin’s “I’ll Scream Later” to hit bookstores
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Marlee Matlin will be featured in the upcoming April 1st issue of People magazine. In addition to an interview, the magazine will carry the first installation of the serialization of her new book, "I'll Scream Later." The book is scheduled for release on April 14th, Simon and Schuster are publishing it. In the book, never before [...]
Fri, Mar 27 2009
Library History Buff Blog
Reflections Through a DeafLens Dear Friends, A quick note: if you love libraries and history, you'll enjoy this BLOG especially now since it's Deaf History month. There is much to share and many of us love libraries even if its just to sit and people watch. I've fond memories of browsing in libraries and bookstores. It's difficult not to walk out without [...]
Fri, Mar 13 2009
The Bioscope: a jewel of a website
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings colleagues, It's been a while since I've posted. It's not that I've forgotten or lost interest. I've been caught up in an exciting project and have been working non-stop with a great team in coordinating the WORLDEAF Cinema Festival. Meanwhile I thought you'd enjoy this wonderful jewel of a website: The Bioscope. The site ...
Sun, Feb 15 2009
Hideto Noritomi, Japanese Deaf Painter talks about JSL
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Hideto Noritomi, a deaf painter from Japan is a professional artist. He is also the father of a deaf son and in his interview with a prominent Japan newspaper, he talks about how he incorporates the concept of sign language into his art. Some years ago, when I was invited to the Japan Deaf Arts [...]
Sun, Dec 21 2008
Gallaudet University to Host International WORLDEAF Cinema...
Reflections Through a DeafLens Gallaudet University to Host International WORLDEAF Cinema Festival November 4-7, 2009 Washington, DC. (November 24, 2008) Move over, Oscars, the WORLDEAF Cinema Awards are here. Deaf cinema has made a profound impact on the lives of people around the world. In recognition of excellence in deaf filmmaking, Gallaudet University will hold its first WORL...
Tue, Nov 25 2008
Kennedy Center Newsletter: Focus on Deaf Artists
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Not too long ago Kennedy Center's Opening Stages, an on-line newsletter by artists with disabilities asked if I would guest edit one of their issues. I thought long and hard and decided to give it a try. The newsletter was posted last week. In case the link doesn't work, you can Google "Opening Stages" and [...]
Thu, Sep 25 2008
England’s Deaf Film Festival (Oldest?)
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Wolverhampton, England will be hosting it's tenth Deaf film festival, Deaffest during November 28-30, 2008. Do you think it's possible that England may have the longest continuously run Deaf film festival in the world? Do you have information that would confirm this? My friends and I were wondering when the concept of Deaf film festivals began?...
Tue, Sep 16 2008
Leon Lim, Deaf Malaysian Artist
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Leon Lim is a 2004 graduate of Rochester Institiue of Technology. He was recently featured in the Korean Times. He is an incredibly gifted artist and if you ever have the good fortune to meet him and view his work, you'll see what I mean. He is charming and delightful. His works makes you stop and wonder. I [...]
Fri, Jul 25 2008
Bit of news from here and there
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings friends, It's been a while since I've posted. I've been focusing on projects and now that I'm up for air, I thought I'd share some of the new additions to the blogroll. Our friend, Bernard Bragg has just unveiled a beautiful site. A bit of news: he and Phyllis Frelich were just honored at the National As...
Thu, Jul 10 2008
Eric Malzkuhn, Deaf Pioneer in the Arts
Reflections Through a DeafLens Dear friends, Eric Malzkuhn, beloved actor, playwright, poet, songwriter, teacher, photographer, sportswriter, Sign Master and gifted ASL and English translator died this morning at the age of 85. Those of us who were fortunate to have been a friend of Eric, (affectionately known as Malz), were aware of being in the presence of a genius. His love of English ...
Wed, Jan 23 2008
Deaf in the Picture Film Festival
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, This month's Zoom web TV edition showcases the recent Deaf in the Picture film festival in Amsterdam. The latest edition features interviews with the festival organizer, Tony Bloem as well as some of the filmmakers. For background information on the film festival, click on Deaf in Picture website. Zoom web TV is the ...
Sat, Dec 15 2007
Gallaudets theatre production goes to Kennedy Center
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Exciting news, Gallaudet University's Goya: en la Quinta del Sordo, a student theatre production has been selected for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Willy Conley and Iosif Schneiderman (renowned Russian Deaf actor) co-wrote the play. Conley also directed the production. Ethan Sinnott designed the set. To see...
Wed, Dec 12 2007
The power of Deaf artists
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, In between teaching and working on projects, I try to stay abreast of new discoveries on the Internet. I'm particularly exicted about my latest find, Tommy Motswai. I'm blown away by his use of color and ability to capture the complexities of a nano-second moment. I'm sure you'll agree. While I'm constantly seeking Deaf ar...
Sun, Dec 09 2007
Janes interview with Opening Stages
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Recently I was interviewed by Paul Kahn, editor of Opening Stages, a newsletter produced by the Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at [link] I thought I'd share the interview with you. Opening Stages is a quarterly newsletter for people with disabilities pursuing careers in the performing arts. I'...
Sun, Dec 09 2007
Tia Lihua, China
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Asia Pacific Arts is a bi-weekly web magazine published by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Asia Institute. The current November 16, 2007 issue features a video interview with Tia Lihua, the president and art director of China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe. Ms. Lihua, Deaf, discusses My Dream, the documentary film the tr...
Tue, Nov 20 2007
Exciting developments around the globe
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, There is much going on around the globe in terms of Deaf art and related events. What I've here, is just a fraction of positive developments that serve to inspire, motivate and ground us as human beings and artists. Belgium: Theatre Hand in the Eye: www.handinhetoog.be is a beautifully designed site and I know you'll enjoy the infor...
Tue, Oct 23 2007
Marlee Matlin's book adapted for the stage
Reflections Through a DeafLens Hello, Most of us know Marlee Matlin as the actress who won the 1987 Oscar as Best Actress for her work in the film Children of a Lesser God. Since that time, she has appeared in movies and many popular television shows. I don't think many of us realize that Marlee is also a writer who has published two books for children. Her first book, Deaf Child Crossing...
Thu, Oct 11 2007
Jane's Picks: Bernard Bragg
Reflections Through a DeafLens QuickTime Transcript: Hello, for Jane's Picks, I've selected Bernard Bragg, known by most of us as "BB." There are many reasons for my choice. Basically it's because he's a artist, actor, director, translator, playwright and teacher. BB is a second generation Deaf actor, his father was an actor and director in the New York area. Whi...
Mon, Sep 24 2007
Signs of Progress
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, It is exciting to see competitions in arts for Deaf and hard of hearing students take place throughout the country. Some have been around for a while and others are new. I've included here five links, all related to arts in education. It is my hope that you will, after viewing the works of Deaf and hard of hearing children, do all you can to [...]
Sun, Sep 09 2007
Deaf Women of Silver Screen
Reflections Through a DeafLens Congratulations to Onisha Blagdon, Producer and Mei Te, Artist/Graphic Designer! Together they have created a new organization, Deaf Women of Silver Screen. Their website announces the first bi-annual Film Festival, "Divas of Silver Screen." Click here for details [link] Cinema is mostly a male domain with women traditionally providing [...]
Tue, Sep 04 2007
Pencils and pens: Communicating is an art
Reflections Through a DeafLens QuickTime Pencils and pens are a staple of Jane's life. She shares mementos from her childhood. Transcript: You know, I really like this flat pencil. Carpenters usually use this type of pencil for rough, framing, not really for fine work, just for outlining. I enjoy using this pencil, I wonder if it's still made entirely of wood? It [...]
Tue, Aug 28 2007
Deaf Filmmakers Forum
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Check out the Deaffest's Deaf Filmmakers Forum! This forum, I believe, originates out of Wolverhampton, England, the site of one of the oldest Deaf film festivals in the world. This presents a wonderful opportunity for Deaf filmmakers to exchange information and support.I understand we have something similar here in the States. David Pierce, of [...]
Sat, Aug 11 2007
Deaf Filmmakers Forum
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, Check out Deaffest's Deaf Filmmakers Forum in the Festival category of the blogroll. This forum, I believe, originates out of Wolverhampton, England, the site of one of the oldest Deaf film festivals in the world. This presents a wonderful opportunity for Deaf filmmakers to exchange information and support. I understand we have something similiar here [...]
Tue, Jul 24 2007
Reflections Through a DeafLens Jane introduces a new feature on her site. Play Quicktime version Transcript: Hello, it's great to have you here. From time to time, I'll be talking about perhaps a book, a film, a play, a piece of art work, perhaps a painting; maybe a person or a group; or maybe something from TV. I'm calling this category, “Jane's [...]
Fri, Jul 20 2007
Deaf Artists Blogroll
Reflections Through a DeafLens Jane discusses the blogroll on her site. She offers her blogroll as a resource–a place for people to find Deaf artists and also for anyone who wants to learn about the arts and entertainment industry. Play Quicktime version Transcript: Hello, glad you can join me. You know, it's really astonishing; the Internet is a wonderful and amazing tool. [...]
Sat, Jul 14 2007
Reflections Through a DeafLens Greetings, this is my first vlog and with your support, I look forward to many more to come. Play Quicktime version Transcript: Hello, I'm Jane. Welcome to Reflections Through a DeafLens. We will be focusing on art by Deaf people in different disciplines. I hope you will join me in future discussions. I'd like to make clear that the original [...]
Sat, Jul 07 2007
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