#DEAFTALENT GUESTS COMING
TO SEATTLE DEAF FILM FESTIVAL 2018!
Millicent Simmonds and Howie Seago will be at WONDERSTRUCK screening on Saturday, March 31st at 10 AM. Come and see them talk about their experiences in person! Many thanks to Amazon Studios!
Due to the added panel, we are changing the start time of the WONDERSTRUCK showing to 10 AM instead of 10:30 AM. Currently the screening is sold out and we will not be accepting additional people at the door. Thank you for your understanding.
Millicent Simmonds was discovered after a nationwide search, where she landed the coveted lead role of Rose opposite Julianne Moore in the Amazon feature film, WONDERSTRUCK. The remarkable film about two children, one in the 1970s and one in the 1920s, whose stories overlap on separate journeys to Manhattan was shot without sound as a nod to the time-period and to Millicent’s character. Millicent herself is deaf and communicates by using American Sign Language. The film, directed by Todd Haynes, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it was nominated for the Palme d’Or, and went on to screen as the Centerpiece title of the 55th New York Film Festival. Millicent was nominated for a 2017 Critics Choice Award in the category Best Young Actor/Actress for her incredible work as Rose. Millicent will next be seen starring opposite John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in Paramount’s A QUIET PLACE, which is also being directed by Krasinski.
Howie Seago has 40 years in directing, producing, writing and teaching. You know of his work in films and shows like WONDERSTRUCK, BEYOND SILENCE, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, HUNTER, and THE EQUALIZER. In theatre he’s participated in AJAX as well as THE PERSIANS with Peter Sellars. He was a part of the ensemble for National Theatre of the Deaf and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has also founded several projects: Deaf Youth Drama Program with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Shared Reading Video Outreach Project- an award winning literacy program via videoconferencing, and the Deaf Teen Leadership camp.
WILD PRAIRIE ROSE
Wild Prairie Rose's Troy Kotsur will be in town for Friday's Opening Night Screening! Come see him in person and listen to his stories working on this film.
Troy Kotsur has been acting and directing for over 25 years, and has earned multiple awards for his work on stage and films. Deaf since birth, he was raised in Mesa, Arizona. Troy graduated at Westwood HS and attended Gallaudet University, where he played basketball from 1987-1989. In 1990, he left to become a professional actor with The National Theatre of the Deaf and in 1994, Troy moved to Los Angeles and joined the company of Deaf West Theatre, where he has performed for the past 25 years in countless productions, Troy's successful acting career encompasses TV, film and stage. His TV guest-starring roles include CRIMINAL MINDS ( Esp #801, "The Silencer"), SCRUBS, CSI: NY with Marlee Matlin, and SUE THOMAS: FBEYE (starring alongside Deanne Bray) in a recurring role that became a fan favorite. In film, he has had notable supporting roles in THE NUMBER 23, with Jim Carrey, UNIVERSAL SIGNS, FATHER'S DAY BREAKFAST.
Did you know that Reverse Polarity's director, Jules Dameron, and cast: Amelia Hensley & Joshua Castille, will be in town on Saturday, March 31? Come and see the #deaftalent panel in person to learn about their film and process.
Jules Dameron is an award-winning film director who's directed a TV series, "Møkkakaffe" in Norway, as well as creating numerous ASL music videos such as "Different Colors," "Rolling in the Deep," "Lazy Song," "Somebody I Used to Know," plus many others. She also happens to be deaf. Jules has worked with many well-known talents such as Marlee Matlin, Sean Young, Sean Berdy and many more. Through many social media platforms, Jules has coined the hashtag, #DeafTalent, which has supported many deaf and hard of hearing actors in getting opportunities in the film & entertainment industries. Also having graduated from Gallaudet University with a BA in Television/Cinema, Jules trained at the University of Southern California with an MFA degree in Film Production. Jules continues to direct without a break.
Amelia Hensley is a professional deaf actress currently based in Los Angeles. Recently she starred in Deaf West Theatre’s “Spring Awakening” on Broadway, playing the role of Thea. She has been involved in numerous shows and independent films. Her upcoming show, " I Was Most Alive with You," will be at Playwrights Horizons.
Joshua Castille is a Deaf performance artist based out of Los Angeles, California. Josh strives to form meaningful collaborations that explore the boundaries of art. He has worked on various projects in different roles including ASL master, director, actor, set designer, and more. His charming ability to communicate and deliver performance art to both hearing and Deaf audiences allows him to connect to people in a way that is unique and entertaining.