BIFF for the Deaf 2014

The SWITS  ASL Films for the Deaf
American Sign Language

Wed Feb 19, 2014 –  5:00 pm — Domenico’s  Tickets
Thu Feb 20, 2014 –  7:30 pm — Hendricks Center for the Arts  Tickets
Sat Feb 22, 2014 –  2:00 pm — Hendricks Center for the Arts Tickets

in the Can
If the opportunity comes, will you take it?

in the Can movie poster
Category:  ASL (American Sign Language)
Country:  U.S.
Language:  English Subtitles
Rating:  TBD
Runtime:  107 min.
Director:  Mark Wood
(BIFF 2014 Honorary Chair)
Producer:  Bellamie Harvard




Nicky, an aspiring young director, has the dream of every filmmaker: that one day he’d make it big in Hollywood. His dream suddenly comes true in the form of a mysterious stranger, Lou Lumire, who is a self-proclaimed Hollywood producer. Lumire has the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime offer for Nicky: to direct his very first feature film production!

After the ink dries on the contract, Nicky realizes there’s one catch: in order for him to finally live out his dream, he has to arrange everything by himself: hiring the actors and crew, renting the filmmaking equipment, and writing a screenplay within a matter of several days which is a proposition very daunting even for a seasoned filmmaker.

Running against time to pull off his own movie, Nicky’s sanity teeters on the edge until he finds out a surprising revelation about Lou Lumire. He discovers that Lumire is not who he said he is. Also, a tragic situation with one of the actors ultimately blows up in Nicky’s face. Trapped by his bad luck and ill-fated decisions, Nicky struggles to find a way out of the serious chaos that he got himself into.

“In the Can” is a unique, dark comedy created by ASL Films that examines the making of a feature film that goes humorously wrong. As the tenth film directed and produced by Mark Wood, “In the Can” is the hallmark of the achievements for ASL Films

Presented by:

SWITS  Your Language Company

BIFF For The Deaf

Although the deaf movie industry is not very big, there is a growing market for films that focus on this important segment of American Society.  Companies like Eyethfilms and ASL Films are focusing on high quality movies that caters to this underserved community.  In 2013, BIFF will present films specifically produced for the deaf community that we hope will grow in the coming years.

“There is a sizeable population of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the Stateline area and a school for the deaf in Delavan, We are particularly appreciative of SWITS and its director and BIFF board member Saul Arteaga, whose 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.”


  1. These are silent films. All dialogue is in sign language.
  2. ASL interpreters will be on site during these films for your convenience.


NOTE:  Synopsis are typically provided directly by the filmmaker themselves. Often English is not their first language. We ask reader’s understanding for less-than-perfect language and grammar