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The Co-option of #DeafTalent® Movement (2012) 

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The  #DeafTalent®   Movement, founded by first Black Deaf Filmmaker/Activist,  Jade Bryan  in 2012, is a social and cultural icon centralized on  spreading awareness  about the lack of representation of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) in television and film. However, Black Deaf actors, writers, producers, and Black Deaf stories are the most overlooked in getting recognition in film and television. This movement began on multiple online and real-life platforms, starting with social media. Jade Bryan created a social media platform by using Twitter and Facebook to spread awareness of the need for better representation in television and film before moving her movement to the streets. A close-knit of Black and POC Deaf Activists from the Deaf community and actors cast in Jade Bryan’s film, The Shattered Mind , (formerly known as The Double Life of Zhane Rain ), met up and campaigned in the streets. The movement lasts for several weeks from summer through the fall. New allies

INCEPTION OF #DEAFTALENT® MOVEMENT

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  The 2012 Inception of the #DeafTalent ® Movement for movie, The Double Life of Zhane Rain. #DeafTalent ® Campaign Timeline Started by Jade Bryan in 2012 via Social Media. Eight Years and Counting! The Co-option of  #DeafTalent® Movement  (2012) (Written on November 2, 2020) 2012 •The Double Life Staged Read  • The Double Life #DeafTalent® Movement.  • Pitched a TV Show to BET, Kaomi's Three Charms   2013  •  Begin filming  The Double Life (New title:  The Shattered Mind ) • Developed new script: The Two Essences (For Will Smith Production Company).  2014 • First Sundance Film Festival Trip (Promoted The Shattered Mind)  • Completed The Shattered Mind  • Red Carpet for The Shattered Mind  • Staged Reading: The Two Essences  • Scriptwriting: The Innocent Project  2015 • The Shattered Mind Festival Tour  • Kicked off at Riverside Film Festival  • White Deaf People Co-opted #DeafTalent® Movement  2016 • The Shattered Mind Festival Tour  • Staged Reading: The Innocent Project

Sundance Film Festival 2019

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Black and Deaf in America

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LOGLINE:   BLACK AND DEAF IN AMERICA: OUR LIVES MATTER, TOO is a documentary about various issues regarding deaf (African-Americans) who were impacted by police brutality,   racism, black erasure and oppression in the educational system. We have been meeting and interviewing Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals whose Constitutional Rights have being threatened or violated by some of the executive orders   signed by 45. The film will also discuss the impact that this political climate has on their mental health and well-being when their freedom and rights are being put to the test   whether they're American citizens, registered VISA/Green Card holders or undocumented immigrants living in the USA. As an activist filmmaker, self-care plays a pivotal role of   our lives.Capturing compelling stories told through their lens will not only be historical, educational and therapeutical, it will also improve our world, our minds and our future, and   hope to fortify and unify our divided co