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General Interest | Friday, September 26, 2014
NO ORDINARY HERO: THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE is a family drama about a deaf actor who plays a superhero on a TV show who must look beyond the cape to inspire a deaf boy to believe in himself.
Based on the internationally known SuperDeafy character, NO ORDINARY HERO, featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, is the evolution story in this fictitious family drama. John Maucere stars as Tony Kane who plays a superhero on TV, but in real life he’s just another guy who happens to be deaf. Eight-year-old Jacob Lang, also deaf, is having a hard time. When Tony and Jacob’s paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves. The film is completely open captioned making it fully accessible to deaf, hard of hearing and “signing impaired” audiences.
Directed by Troy Kotsur, who is deaf, and executive produced by Liz Tannebaum, Paul Maucere and John Maucere, who are all deaf and produced by Hilari Scarl and Doug Matejka, the film is now in theaters nationwide.
The film enjoyed a sold-out world premiere at the prestigious Heartland Film Festival and is thrilled to be screening at the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival and screening as the opening night film for the Rome International Film Festival where it will receive the Shepherd Award for innovative filmmaking.
NO ORDINARY HERO is screening nationwide at movie theaters and screenings through Tugg. Tickets and bookings are available online at http://www.tugg.com/titles/superdeafy and on the movie website: http://www.noordinaryheromovie.com/
Deaf Culture | Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Not sure what you can do to participate in Deaf Awareness Week? Try to find events in your local area, but if you’re having trouble finding a local Deaf Awareness Week event, a great thing to do is to learn something new about Deaf culture - read some articles, learn a few new signs, or watch a movie about a deaf story.
There are a number of movies that feature deaf stories.
Some of the most well known movies that feature deaf stories include:
Children of a Lesser God (1986)
Deaf actress Marlee Matlin won an Academy Award for her role in this film.
The Miracle Worker (1962)
Several movies have been made about the life of Helen Keller. The original Miracle Worker movie came out in 1962 and starred Patty Duke. It was remade for television in 1979 with Melissa Gilbert and Patty Duke (again, but this time playing the role of Annie Sullivan instead of Helen Keller). It was remade again for television in 2000 by Disney.
The most well known movies about Helen Keller are the Miracle Worker movies, but there were also several others made about her life, including Deliverance (1919), The Unconquered (1954), Helen Keller and Her Teacher (1970), Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (1984), and Monday After the Miracle (1998).
Johnny Belinda (1948)
The original Johnny Belinda film was made in 1948 and it was one of the earliest movies dealing with deafness. It was remade in 1967 with actress Mia Farrow and remade again in 1982, which included actor Dennis Quaid.
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
Actor Richard Dreyfuss was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal in this movie of a music teacher whose son is deaf.
Movies based on the lives of famous deaf people:
The Hammer (2010)
A movie based on the life of the first deaf NCAA Wrestling Champion and UFC Fighter Matt "The Hammer" Hamill. Read a review.
Sound and Fury (2000)
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this documentary is about Deaf culture and one family’s struggle in deciding if their daughter should get cochlear implants.
Through Deaf Eyes (2007)
A PBS documentary exploring Deaf culture.