Sign: Gay Love In The Deaf Community
Today, we have to share with you an adorable short film that emphasized the diversity in life and the gay community.
Broadway’s Andrew Keenan-Bolger (of Newsies and Tuck Everlasting) recently directed a short film called Sign. The movie follows John McGinty (of Children of a Lesser God) and Preston Sadleir (of Next to Normal) as a gay couple.
The Iris Prize-winning short specifically is about Aaron (McGinty) who is deaf as he dates Ben (Sadleir) who can hear.
The short film watches the relationship between the two blossom from dating, going exclusive, and then living together. That said, not everything goes smoothly for the two. In just 15 minutes, Kennan-Bolger was able to pack in a lot of story that encompases parites, meeting family, fights, and more.
On top of that, the film has no dialogue with the only sound coming from the composition by Adam Wachter.
“Ultimately, we decided to not use subtitles, but to compose an evocative score that would help with storytelling,” says Keenan-Bolger. “This way our deaf and hard-of-hearing audience had the benefit of being able to access the love story of these two men through sign language, and our hearing audience was able access it through the score.”
Keenan-Bolger felt inspired to make the film because of the commonalities between the gay community and the deaf community. Plus, he hoped to spotlight those who live in the middle of both.
“Both [groups] have fallen under historical systems of oppression and have been viewed by many in the past as something that needed to be fixed or cured,” he tells NewNowNext. “And yet both have managed to build an incredibly rich culture and strong identity.”
The film has already been seen at more than 50 festivals around the world and earned the 2016 Youth Jury Award at the Iris Prize LGBT Film Festival.
If you want to watch the movie, you can do so for free below.