Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

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A half-million people in this country are deaf. Many more have major hearing impairments, and deafness is the most chronic affliction for older members of our society.

The Film Company of Adelphi University, Inc. will soon start production of a film that will portray what it means to be deaf. A group of advanced filmmaking students and three professional filmmakers will travel to Connecticut and film on location "DADDY, CAN I HEAR THE SUN?" One of the more challenging problems that The Film Company will face is designing a film that communicates with deaf and hearing audiences.

Film communicates best on an emotional level and all audiences, both deaf and hearing, have a great understanding for the visual language of film. Minimizing the spoken word and including the use of "signing" as it would naturally be used, will give this film great meaning to both the deaf and the hearing, speaking audience.

Paul Pitcoff, President of The Film Company, is working closely with the Episcopal Churchwomen, Diocese of Connecticut, sponsors of the film, and Reverend Raynor Andersen who heads the Episcopal Missions for the Deaf of Connecticut. Paul, along with Marge Hudson and Len Price, who teach film and video production in the Department of Communications, Adelphi University, will provide the opportunity for the students who will accompany them to work at a professional level on the film.

The film team will live and work together for ten days in a close, professional atmosphere necessary to the kind of film production work that has resulted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences "little oscar", awarded for the Philadelphia Settlement Music School film "What The Notes Say", and best film award in the University & College Theatre Association Film competition for "They Care", produced for Catholic Charities of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

The Film Company of Adelphi University, Inc., a non-profit organization, that provides professional films to the nonprofit community was founded by Paul Pitcoff several years ago. Since its inception, The Film Company has produced films for Catholic Charities of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, The Mystic Seaport in Connecticut and the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, among others. …

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