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See What I’m Saying, Deaf Entertainers Documentary will be in mainstream theaters starting April 9th

This inspirational and heartfelt documentary follows four well-known entertainers in the deaf community: a comic, a drummer, an actor and a singer as they attempt to cross over to mainstream audiences. These uniquely talented deaf entertainers overcome great challenges on their way to personal triumphs and professional success


Bob Hiltermann,  a drummer in the world’s only deaf rock band, Beethoven’s Nightmare, produces the largest show in the band’s 30 year history.

CJ Jones, a hugely famous and internationally renowned comic in the Deaf world, but virtually unknown to hearing audiences, fights to, cross over to the mainstream by producing the first international sign language theater festival in Los Angeles.

Robert DeMayo, a brilliant actor who teaches at Juilliard, struggles to survive when he becomes homeless while living with HIV.

TL Forsberg, a hard of hearing, singer finds herself caught between the hearing and deaf communities when she attracts her first major producer to record her first CD “Not Deaf Enough.” Chronicled with rare intimacy and candor,  See What I’m Saying: The Deaf Entertainer’s Documentary is the first open captioned* commercial film in American history. At the same time it opens the door to deaf culture, allowing the sign language in the film to be accessible to all audiences.

With humor and emotion, director Hilari Scarl captures the many obstacles these performers face daily.

*Definition: Open Captions The term “Open Captions” is used when text is burned-in on the picture,  similar to, subtitles for foreign films. Open captions also includes audio descriptors and non-speech, information that assist deaf audiences,  such as [phone rings] or a musical note symbol to, indicate song lyrics or background music. Open captions are part of the film and can’t be, turned off,  unlike closed captions which can be turned on and off with a decoder. Captions for SEE WHAT I’M SAYING were generously funded by Microsoft.

Mainstream Theater Booking Dates

April 9 – April 15              Mesa, AZ – Harkins Superstition Springs 25

April 9 – April 15              Peoria, AZ – Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18

April 9 – April 11              Phoenix, AZ – Harkins Christown 14

April 9 – April 11              Denver, CO – Harkins Northfield 18

April 9 – April 11              Chino Hills, CA – Harkins Chino Hills 18

April 16 – April 18            Las Vegas, NV – Century 16 Suncoast

April 16 – April 18            Dallas, TX – Cinemark 17 & Imax Theatre

April 16 – April 18            Abilene, TX – Century Abilene 12

April 16 – April 18            Austin, TX – Tinseltown 17

April 16 – April 18            Elgin, IL – Marcus Elgin Cinema

April 16 – April 18            Gurnee, IL – Marcus Gurnee Cinema

April 16 – April 19            Addison, IL – Marcus Addison Cinema

April 16 – April 18            Oakdale, MN – Marcus Oakdale Cinema

April 16 – April 18            Columbus, OH – Marcus Crosswoods Cinema

April 16 – April 18            Pickering, OH – Marcus Pickerington Cinema

April 16 – April 18            Ashwaubenon, WI – Marcus Bay Park Cinema – Green Bay

April 16 – April 18            Appleton, WI – Marcus Hollywood Cinema

April 16 – April 18            Brookfield, WI – Marcus Majestic Cinema

April 16 – April 18            Menonomee Falls, WI – Marcus Menomonee Falls Cinema

April 16 – April 18            Sturtevant, WI – Renaissance Cinema – Sturtevant

April 16 – April 18            New Berlin, WI – Marcus Ridge Cinema – New Berlin

April 16 – April 18            Saukville, WI – Marcus Saukville Cinema

April 16 – April 19            Madison, WI – Marcus Eastgate Cinema

October 13, 2010 Chico, CA – Focus Film Festival – OPENING NIGHT FILM  Director and special guests will be in attendance.



  • CPeters March 24, 2010

    Why had I not heard about this before? Thanks for posting!!!


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