Thursday, April 12, 2018

Award-Winning Queer Short Film "SIGN"

Make sure you take a few minutes to enjoy this super-sweet short film depicting the romance of two young guys in NYC - one hearing, one deaf.

Directed by Broadway's Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies) and composer Adam Wachter, their award-winning new film Sign which spent a year being honored on the film festival circuit.

Along the way, the short picked up awards like Best Short at the Sidewalk Film Festival, the Youth Jury Award at the Iris Prize Festival, and Best Men’s Short at OUT on Film Atlanta.

From Andrew and Adam:
Using only silent vignettes, a musical score and American Sign Language, SIGN tells the story of the relationship between Ben, a hearing man, and Aaron, who is deaf.

We were inspired to portray an under-explored human experience with the help and collaboration of our talented Deaf friends in the New York theatre community, combining Andrew’s passion for visual imagery with Adam’s love of musical storytelling.

The film was shot in a four-day marathon session in multiple locations across New York City, on a set staffed by actors, ASL interpreters, Deaf consultants and many passionate hearing and Deaf volunteers.

Sensitive and artful, the short film (starring John McGinty and Preston Sadleir) plays out effortlessly with no dialogue needed.

Bravo to the creators. This made me smile.

I missed the initial release of the film, so kudos to TheOUTFront for bringing the short to my attention :)

Watch below.

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