UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE – The First American Sign Language Film
Last week Universal Language screened at the PFF. It was a sold out silent crowd. “Universal Signs”, a deaf love story. One of the first of its kind a movie all in sign language with captions.
After the show their was a Q&A with the director and actors
I was especially excited to be invited to this screening as Sabrina Lloyd from ‘Sliders’ fame was in the starring role. I later learned that she accepted the role as soon as she was asked, and learned ASL in only 3 months. It took me two years of training to get a complete sentence correct. The after party was held at McCormick & Schmidt’s where specially labelled Universal Language bottles of wine were given as parting gifts.
I always wanted to chat with a celebrity about the business of celebrity; Sabrina doesn’t get asked for her autograph much, and most of the people who get a glimmer of recognition of her think its because they they went to school with her, or maybe from the neighborhood, or just look bewildered. Paparazzi rarely shoot her, and she’s been to the Waverly Inn a few times.
Last night producer Catherine Miller and Writer/Director Ann Calamia won the Philadelphia Film Festival ‘s Full Length Movie Award for “Universal Signs”; Here they are at the closing night party at the Top of the Bell Atlantic Building.