NYSD Earns Best In Show at the 2015 NYSD ASL Film Festival

IMG_4370On Saturday, May 16th, just under 100 community members sat in the dimly-lit Auditorium at New York School for the Deaf, eagerly awaiting the start of the Fifth Annual ASL Student Film Festival.  Audience members sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the student produced, directed, and created projects shared in American Sign Language.

Movies shown on Saturday were all created and produced by TV/Film students from American School for the Deaf, Indiana School for the Deaf, Maryland School for the Deaf, Model Secondary School for the Deaf, New Mexico School for the Deaf, North Carolina School for the Deaf, and New York School for the Deaf, Fanwood.
NYSD Masters of Ceremony, students Agron D., and Victoria P., explained to the audience that their TV/Film Production class was proud of their work; each movie was entirely scripted, casted, produced, edited, filmed, and captioned by the students.  NYSD was proud that the TV/Film Production students called this event their own.

Each film was preIMG_2204viously judged by the schools participating in the festival. To insure impartial results, each film was judged independently by a panel from a member school. The categories being judged were script writing, storyline, cinematography, lighting, closed captioning, camera work, and editing.

There were seven great movies shown in total and the event culminated in awards given for Excellence in Film Production and Best In Show. The award for Excellence in Film Production went to American School for the Deaf, for their movie titled Chess Tale.  We are thrilled to announce that New York School for the Deaf, Fanwood, was awarded Best In Show for their film, The Closet.  The NYSD Film Production students who all worked so hard to make this movie a success rushed the stage and celebrated their victory together.IMG_2270

In a statement made by ASL Student Film Festival Co-Directors, Amy Newland and Alaina Roy, they shared “it is the dream of the students and staff members that this Film Festival will continue to reflect diverse and creative submissions and grow in stature and popularity.  Perhaps one day, it can become a week-long event, where films created by young deaf filmmakers are celebrated, and the young artists will have the opportunity to attend workshops and refine their skills.”

Congratulations to New York School for the Deaf’s TV/Film Production students and all the teachers and staff members who supported their hard work, creativity, and dedication.

Also, a big thank you to the ASL Club students at York Prep. During the event, the York Prep ASL students delivered a donation which  will go towards future ASL Film Festivals hosted by NYSD. Thank you for your support!


NYSD Has The Nepal Deaf Community In Their Thoughts

As you know, tragedy in the form of a devastating earthquake has struck the country of Nepal, including the Deaf community that resides there.

This year, at Fanwood, the theme for our Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) is “Empathy”. Engaging the students and community in this school-wide effort is just one more impactful way to create a learning and awareness experience for our students. So, as world-wide rescue efforts are underway, NYSD has simultaneously initiated a school-wide effort to support the cause.

On April 25th, 2015, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake left many people displaced and distressed. International Deaf Emergency, Inc. is committed to providing first emergency response to the Deaf Community in Nepal. International Deaf Emergency Inc., whose motto is “Relief. Rebuild. Empower.”, has asked for support for Deaf individuals, and families living in Nepal.

Deaf people do not often have equal access to communications when announcements are made about survival information and support, such as where and how to obtain supplies and/or food during natural/man-made disaster emergencies. Why?  Typically, organizations announce the dispensation of food and supplies via audio/verbal methods. The Deaf community then does not have access to that critical, and lifesaving information.

What Is Needed?
Donations are needed to support immediate basic needs and to help them undergo the recovery process.

Members of the Nepalis Deaf Community gathering to pick up donated clothes and food items.

Currently, there is an estimated 30 families are in need of our help.  International Deaf Emergency, Inc. launched a fundraising campaign through Crowdrise, an online fundraising tool.

Please consider donating to this cause; any contribution, no matter the amount, will be lifesaving and greatly appreciated. Even a $1.00 donation will go a long way. Your support will help to provide the funds needed to access a warm meal, and clean water.

Donations can be made and further information can be found by following the link to IDE’s Crowdrise page https: //www. crowdrise. com/idenepal

Additionally, donations can be mailed to the following address:
International Deaf Emergency
c/o Stephen Hlibok
5911 Trumpet Sound Ct
Clarksville MD 21029

International Deaf Emergency, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.