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Classic TV Movie “…And Your Name Is Jonah”

Posted in Deaf, film, TV by Robs on September 30, 2009

Bernard Bragg coached deaf nine-year-old Jeff Bravin in the title role

Bernard Bragg coached deaf nine-year-old Jeffrey Bravin in the title role

At the ACC ASL Lab, ASL students are required watching the movie “…And Your Name Is Jonah” for their deaf culture report.  I saw the students weeping after watching the movie. That is where I work at.  I strongly recommend anyone who doesn’t know about the deaf culture to watch this movie.  I admit that I do not watch this movie because it was not provided the closed captioning.

and your name is jonah

Release Date: January 28, 1979

Cast: James Woods, Sally Struthers, Titos Vandis, Penny Santon

Director: Richard Michaels

Writer: Michael Bortman

Studio: CBS-TV Production

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 1:34:58

Synopsis: Jonah (Jeffrey Bravin) is a lonely deaf child who has been misdiagnosed as retarded.  Jonah’s mother (Sally Struthers) and father (James Woods) struggle to establish communication from their withdrawn son.  As the specialists shake their heads and cluck their tongues, Jonah’s parents finally manage to teach the child sign language, thereby opening up his world both intellectually and emotionally.  And Your Name is Jonah is proof enough that Sally Struthers once had potential for greatness, and confirmation that James Woods was on the right artistic track as early as 1979.

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Deanne Bray Joins NBC’s “Heroes”

Posted in Deaf, TV by Robs on September 26, 2009

Deaf actress, Deanne Bray, joins the cast of “Heroes” as the character Emma. Her character is deaf, but discovers that she has the ability to see sound-which looks like an aurora borealis. Deanne’s first episode will air on September 28th.

Official Site:

Original Air Date: September 28, 2009 (Season 4, Episode 3)

Airs Next: NBC at Mondays, 7:00 PM (60 min.)

Original Network/Channel: NBC

Genre: Drama/Sci-Fi

Plot Outline: After battling the Company to keep an explosion from destroying New York, and averting a global pandemic, the heroes adjust to new stages in their lives. Former cheerleader Claire takes on college life, Hiro and Ando continue to try to help people by utilizing their abilities, Angela worries that Nathan will realize the truth about who he really is, and Peter is called upon to help an old friend. Meanwhile the arrival of the mysterious carnival clan keeps people guessing. But the heroes will once again be called upon to save the world.

Modern-Day Silent Film “Universal Signs”

Posted in Deaf Cinema, film by Robs on September 23, 2009

Official Site:

DVD Release Date: September 21, 2009

Cast: Anthony Natale, Sabrina Lloyd, Lupe Ontiveros, Margot Kidder, Robert Picardo, Aimee Garcia, Robert DeMayo

Director: Ann Calamia

Producers: Ann Calamia, Catherine Miller, Lupe Ontiveros

Screenwriter: Ann Calamia

Studio: Universal Signs Productions LLC

Genre: Drama

Language: American Sign Language, Captioned for the hearing

Synopsis: After the death of his fiancée’s daughter while in his care, a deaf man shuts himself off from the world. Haunted by memories, it is only through new friendship that he can learn to forgive, love, and reconnect.