Film phase: Completed
With more than 30 million deaf and hearing impaired individuals living in the U.S., deaf culture thrives in America. Although deaf performers are famous within their own communities, they remain largely unknown to hearing audiences. A powerful and rare glimpse into the lives of deaf artists, See What I’m Saying focuses on four deaf performers–actor Robert DeMayo, singer T.L. Forsberg, drummer Bob Hiltermann and comic C.J. Jones–over the course of one year as they endeavor to cross over into mainstream culture. Together, their fascinating and intertwining stories showcase the talent and the universal human appeal of their gripping journeys. Illuminating and inspirational, See What I’m Saying opens a door into America’s vibrant deaf culture for those who are “signing impaired.”
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Hilari Scarl will claim Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles or New York as home, depending on which is most convenient. Her migratory background set the stage for her multi-hyphenated career, generating a director-producer-writer-performer moniker that annoys journalists with space limitations. The current shingle hanging outside her studio now reads “director/producer,” having traded hyphens for slashes. Hilari enjoys the rich tapestry of various genres, but specializes in comedy, documentaries and working with kids. Hilari’s most impressive accomplishments include directing the award-winning feature See What I’m Saying; being featured on Steven Spielberg’s On the Lot; producing TV segments for CBS, TLC, Court TV and the History Channel; and performing with the Tony Award winning National Theater of the Deaf. Quirky credits include being featured in a bank commercial directed by Errol Morris, fire eating with the rock band Powder at The House of Blues and an appearance as a Screaming Tree in Wes Craven’s Wishmaster.