Deaf Jam

Director: Judy Lieff
Total Running Time: 70 minutes
Release Date: 2012
Study Guide: Download Here

Synopsis
Deaf Jam is the story of deaf teen Aneta Brodski’s bold journey into the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration/performance duet creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf.

“Poetry, friendship and respect transcend politics…Delightful and endearing, utilizing upbeat music and clever graphics, Deaf Jam immerses us in the richness and complexity of deaf culture and gives us a unique perspective into a world so vibrant, so diverse, it may forever change the way we see the non-hearing.” Barbara Pokras, A.C.E. – Woodstock Film Festival.

Deaf Jam had it’s U.S. broadcast premiere on the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens in their 2011/2012 season.

Awards
The Japan Prize – NHK Broadcasting, Tokyo
Best Documentary – The Greater Reading Film Festival, PA; Greenpoint Film Festival, NY
Best of Festival – The 1st Irish Deaf Film Festival, Dublin
Emerging Filmmaker Award – Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

Festivals
13th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece
2012 Woodstock Film Festival – Official Selection
2012 Mill Valley Film Festival – Official Selection
2012 Boston Jewish Film Festival – Centerpiece film
2012 Starz Denver Film Festival – – Official Selection
2012 NY Jewish Film Festival @Lincoln Center
2012 35th Goteburg International Film Festival, Sweden – Official Selection
2012 Documentary Edge Festival, New Zealand -– Official Selection
2012 Arts-In-Action Film Festival, Sydney, Austrailia -– Official Selection
2012 EIDF (EBS International Doc FF), Seoul, Korea – Official Selection
2012 Aktion-Mensch Film Festival, tour in Germany – Official Selection
2012 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival – Official Selection
2012 San Diego Jewish Film Festival – Official Selection
2012 San Francisco Independent Film Festival– Official Selection
2012 San Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival – Official Selection
2012 Jewish Museum High School Film Festival – Official Selection
2012 Jacob Burns Center – Westchester Jewish FF – Official Selection
2012 Folkets Bio – Malmo, Sweden – Official Selection
2012 One World Arts FF – Ottawa, CA – Official Selection
2012 Cinedeaf FF – Rome, Italy – Official Selection
2012 Festival CineSordo – Ecuador – Official Selection
2012 The Ist Irish Deaf FF – Dublin, Ireland – Official Selection
2012 Dov FF – Stockholm, Sweden – Official Selection
2013 Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival – Opening Night Film

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About The Filmmaker

Judy Lieff is a filmmaker and educator with a background in dance and experimental film. Her first feature documentary, DEAF JAM, showcases American Sign Language (ASL) poetry through the story of a young deaf poet’s search for identity (www.deafjam.org). Judy won a finishing grant from ITVS for the film. Judy is on faculty at SUNY Purchase teaching film production that explores the intersections of film and dance... Read more ›

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