“Beyond Essays” Short Film Now Online!

A deaf activist student, Wanda Macy, [Kalen Feeney] simply tries to get a passing grade so she can graduate from college, in spite of her malicious adversary, her English professor, Genevive Taylor, [Amber Zion] who only cares about winning a Distinguished Faculty of the Year award. Is there more to this relationship than we think?

A short film in American Sign Language– Subtitled in English for access.

Created by a chiefly female crew and with an entire deaf cast, this film is the first in it’s unique process of the writer creating all the lines in American Sign Language and giving the lines to the actors, instead of having them translate the English dialogue into ASL, for the sake of preserving the acting process and allowing the actors to build around the lines, instead of creating their own.

****AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER IN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL****
****OFFICIAL SELECTION IN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL****
****OFFICIAL SELECTION IN MAINE DEAF FILM FESTIVAL****
****OFFICIAL SELECTION IN TORONTO INTERNATIONAL DEAF FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL****
****NOMINATED FOR BEST DRAMA SHORT FOR DEAFFEST IN WOLVERHAMPTON, U.K.****

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Directed & Written by Jules Dameron

Produced by
Jules Dameron & Jennifer Losi

Director of Photography
Eunsoo Cho

Starring
Kalen Feeney as Wanda Macy
Amber Zion as Genevive Taylor
Antoinette Abbamonte as Dr. Regina Tracy

Original Music by
Carrie Glover

Production Designer
Katherine Hunt

Costume Designer
Tara Shucart

Makeup Artist
Brian Barnett

Edited by
Jessica Continenza

Sound Editing & Mixing
Amie Farquhar

Assistant Director
Kevin Huie

Digital Coloring
Erik Call

Script Supervisor
Jennifer Losi

Gaffers
Rachel Elias
Sherri Kauk

Grip
Sophia Berman Fotiadis

2nd Assistant Camera
Carolina Espiro

Production Sound
Gilda Garcia

Fight Choreographer
Abby Walla

Students
Nick Zerlentes
Arezo Moazezi
Awet Mo
Ashley Griffith
Michael Fox
Mary Beth Baierl

AB2072 Protesters
Casey Hamilton
Sandy Yu
Rebecca Rodick
Mary Ruth Summers
Lilly Crisman
Jennifer Losi
Shahram Shahidi
Nick Zerlentes
Arezo Moazezi
Awet Mo
Ashley Griffith
Michael Fox
Mary Beth Baierl
Megan Shelton
Laura Schrenk

Passerbys & Patrons
Brian Barnett
Sandy Yu
Rebecca Rodick
Kevin Huie
Rachel Elias
Shahram Shahidi
Arezo Moazezi
Michael Fox

Production Assistants
Sandy Yu
Rebecca Rodick
Karen Soza-Meza
Sylvia Yepez
Michael Fox
Casey Hamilton

American Sign Language Interpreters
Cindee Bart
Kelsey Mitchell
Megan Shelton
Laura Schrenk
Casi Thieme
Kendra Blessing

Production Design
Sandy Yu
Catherine MacKinnon

A Special Thanks To
Patrick Boudreault
Dan Smith
Maria Gable
Janiah Ranger
Sharon Ann Dror
Erik Call
Chrissy Kiehl
Alan Weischedel
Terrylene
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness

A Lovely Thanks for the Donations!

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“Beyond Essays”
A Damname Production, 2010.

http://www.damname.com/
http://www.julesdameron.com/
http://www.kalenfeeney.com/
http://www.amberzion.com/
http://resumes.actorsaccess.com/antoinetteabbamonte/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1756419/ [Beyond Essays IMDB]

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