Arcadia University Presents Deaf Jam, Oct. 29
An ITVS Community Cinema Presentation
Glenside, PA—Oct. 17, 2011—Arcadia University presents the ITVS Community Cinema film screening of Deaf Jam, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. in Brubaker Hall, Room 101. The event is free and open to the public. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.
Judy Lieff explores the beauty and power of American Sign Language poetry in Deaf Jam, the story of deaf teen Aneta Brodski’s bold journey into the spoken word slam scene. Longing to explore and fully participate in the hearing world, Aneta dives into ASL poetry, a vibrant three-dimensional art form where body movements convey meaning. ASL poetry liberates a deaf poet from the confines of spoken language. There is no paper or text. Rhymes are measured in hand shapes and meter in movements. Images cut and dissolve as its verses transcend all spoken word.
Utilizing high-energy music, animated graphic text, and other innovative techniques, Deaf Jam illuminates ASL poetry’s extraordinary potency and power. Taking viewers inside a fascinating and vibrant world where self-expression and cultural identify are fiercely pursued, Deaf Jam may change the way people think about the non-hearing world forever, according to ITVS.
Screenings are followed by a panel discussion that includes featured speakers and Arcadia faculty.
The ITVS Community Cinema series at Arcadia University is part of a local producing affiliate in Suburban Philadelphia/Montgomery County through the PBS series Independent Lens. For more information about ITVS Community Cinema visit www.communitycinema.org.
About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. The 2010 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University No. 1 in the nation in the percentage of undergraduate students studying abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North, and as one of the top study abroad programs in the nation. The Physical Therapy program is ranked seventh in the nation.