Posted – Feb. 11, 2012
In one of the first programs of its kind, the Beloit International Film Festival will present American Sign Language Films as part of the new BIFF for the Deaf program on BIFF Sunday, Feb. 19. Two family friendly films rated PG will feature actors using American Sign Language.
- Date: Sunday Feb. 19
- Location: Hendricks Art Center
- Film: Legend of the Mountain Man
- Time: Noon
- Film: Gerald
- Time: 2:30 pm
The Legend of the Mountain Man is a film for all ages, set in picturesque Montana. It is the story of a family coming to grips with a dysfunctional history through the children who go to spend the summer at their grandparent’s ranch.
They try to navigate the family’s past and reconcile some of the estranged family members. Their journey includes an unexpected encounter with a mountain creature nobody has seen before.
Gerald tells the story of the powerful and emotional journey of a young man yearning for kinship. One day he discovers that he has a deaf autistic grandfather that nobody has ever told him about.
He us committed to finding him and reconnecting as family ties and secrets unfold in a continuous twist of events.
The BIFF for the Deaf program is sponsored by the Southern Wisconsin Interpreting and Translation Service (SWITS) which provides sign language interpreters throughout the region.
“There is a sizeable population of deaf individuals in the Stateline area and a school for the deaf and hard of hearing in Delavan,” says BIFF Executive Director Roddie Beaudoin. “We are particularly appreciative of SWITS and its director and BIFF board member Saul Arteaga, who’s company provides ASL interpreters, for bringing the need for such a program to our attention and in helping to select the films. We hope to expand this program in future years.”