by Shavar Ross
Why Is Beyond Essays, (A Short Film American Sign Language Drama) Important For The American Sign Language Community?
SYNOPSIS OF THE SHORT FILM AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE DRAMA, “BEYOND ESSAYS”
A college writing professor, Genevive, frantically tries to finish her dissertation before the deadline tonight. When a disgruntled student, Wanda, unhappy with her grade refuses to leave her office, Genevive is forced to cross boundaries with the student in order to finish on time.
Gallaudet University was the main source of inspiration for this short film. I was an undergraduate student there for four years, and anyone who’s been there knows this: Gallaudet University is a unique campus that is almost utopian in it’s own way– for the deaf community. It supports the deaf community in many ways that people don’t realize. For instance, the role model of all the professors there. Half of the teaching department is deaf or hard of hearing, and the entire