Independent Film "Universal Signs"
Don't Miss the UNIVERSAL SIGNS World Premiere  
2008 Winner of the Philadelphia Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Film

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2009 at two special screenings
Time: Matinee at 1PM and Evening at 7PM
Location: Keswick Theatre - 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside, PA 19038

FREE parking and easily accessible by train! Universal Signs was a SELL-OUT at the Philadelphia Film Festival.  
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Meet and Greet The STARS: A rare opportunity to meet one-on-one with your favorite actors. Anthony Natale (Mr Holland’s Opus), Deanne Bray (Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye), Troy Kotsur (Broadway’s Big River) or Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager and Stargate: Atlantis)  Robert Picardo is a Philly native.  

Get to Know the Filmmakers: Philadelphia Filmmakers Ann Calamia (writer/director) and Catherine Miller (producer) along with Robert DeMayo (ASL Consultant) will be available in the Keswick lobby after both screenings to meet and answer questions.

Accessibility at the Premiere: Professional Sign Language Interpreters, Hands Up Productions, will be on site at to aid in communication with all aspects of the premiere.

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About the Film:
Universal Signs, a ground breaking modern “silent” film, is presented in mesmerizing American Sign Language (ASL) with English subtitles. The film touches the hearts and minds of hearing and Deaf audiences alike with its hopeful, uplifting story of love, connection, and forgiveness.  The film was shot on location in Philadelphia. The film is told primarily in Sign Language and is Open Captioned for ALL Audiences.  This film was produced with support of a Philadelphia-based non-profit for Deaf Accessibility and Awareness to the Cultural Arts, Creative Access. A portion of the film's proceeds go back to the Philadelphia Deaf community.

Film Reviews:
“Universal Signs captions should set the STANDARD FOR ALL FILM CAPTIONING.  From script to screen, for every step of the process, the filmmakers worked with the Deaf community.   The end result of their great efforts is an HONEST FILM that clearly expresses the BEAUTY OF SIGN LANGUAGE.” ~Aaron Kubey, Executive Director and President, National Theatre of the Deaf

“Universal Signs is about one man’s personal TRANSFORMATION, and asks its audience to transform as well by requesting them to change their perception, attitude, and emotions about deafness and Deaf people." ~Andrew Lange, Former President, National Association of the Deaf and President, Galluadet University Alumni Association

“The lack of spoken words accentuates the camera movements, the color, the music – elements that often go unnoticed in other films but are center stage on this one, giving it more depth and intensity. The movie’s universal themes do not distinguish between a hearing or Deaf audience – the EMOTIONAL RESPONSE is the same.” ~Paola Segnini, Hearing Health Magazine

"Universal Signs will leave you with a warm feeling while also making you think twice about the way you communicate with those around you. Through a unique combination of music and subtitles, Ann Calamia delivers a CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE EVER SEEN.” ~ Walter Kealey, Philadelphia Film Festival

“Subtitles are an essential part of the story in Universal Signs.  Rather than merely translate what the actors are saying, they give viewers an INTIMATE WINDOW into a UNIQUE SUBCULTURE.” ~Chris Marlowe, The Hollywood Reporter

“…A perfect reminder that a well-timed word, whether spoken or unspoken can be all you need to FALL IN LOVE.  Just as you are likely to be by the end of Universal Signs.” ~Erik Childress, Chicago Film Critics Association

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