I have so much to be thankful for.

 wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving!

While we are waiting to hear back from more than a dozen film festivals around the world for our world premiere status, I wanted share a special event with you.

On June 5, 2008, the rock band Powder hosted the Vizual fundraiser for the film. The Cirque du Soleil themed event raised enough funds for us to finish the film over the summer. Here is a little video of our evening:

Vizual fundraiser on YouTube

Jacqui Kreisler, contortionist Silk Sisters
Jacqui Kreisler at Vizual                                       The Silk Sisters at Vizual

Once we get into a festival, we are going to need immediate funding to hire a publicist and pay for marketing materials and interpreters to attend the events with us. If everyone receiving this newsletter sends us at least $25, we will reach our goal.

$25 - will help pay for postcards, flyers and posters

$50 - will help pay for interpreters for Q&A sessions and panels

$100 - will help pay for airfares to festivals

$500 - will help pay for deaf entertainers to attend events

$1,000 - will help pay for advertising and publicist

Please feel free to donate through our website and enter your own amount. Click on the button on the left column under the poster.

See What I'm Saying - official website

Thank you for your generous support and helping us get the film into theaters.

Dan Thurmon juggles fire
Dan Thurmon performs at Vizual fundraiser
Triples - Silk Sisters
Silk Sisters perform at Vizual fundraiser
Bob high fives James cropped
James Foster, Mona Jean Cedar and Bob Hiltermann at Vizual fundraiser
News Update
We have a few new additions to our team, and will announce them all shortly.

See What I'm Saying welcomes superstar Jeff Dowd & Associates on board to help us with festivals and distribution.

Jeff Dowd is a Los Angeles-based writer/producer, producer's representative and a nationally recognized authority on marketing, distribution and exhibition. 
Mr. Dowd was a producer of ZEBRAHEAD, which was executive produced by Oliver Stone.  Mr. Dowd has consulted on the marketing or been a producer's representative of such diverse films as CHARIOTS OF FIRE, GANDHI, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and KISSING JESSICA STEIN.

Welcome Jeff!

Want to know more? Still curious about a few things?


   See What I'm Saying - poster

SEE WHAT I'M SAYING: THE DEAF ENTERTAINERS DOCUMENTARY is a feature film directed and produced by Hilari Scarl. The film follows four deaf entertainers: CJ Jones, a comic famous around the world but unknown to mainstream audiences; Bob Hiltermann, a drummer in Beethoven's Nightmare, the world's only deaf rock band; Robert DeMayo, a brilliant actor who teaches at Juilliard while being homeless; and TL Forsberg, a hard of hearing singer caught between the deaf world and the hearing world as she produces her first CD "Not Deaf Enough." There are dozens of appearances by other entertainers in the film including Evelyn Glennie, Linda Bove, Shoshannah Stern, Tyrone Giordano, Deanne Bray, Troy Kotsur, Anthony Natale, Max Fomitchev, Howie Seago and others.

After 18 months of production, the film was completed in August 2008 and has been submitted to film festivals all over the world. We hope to announce our 2009 world premiere very soon.

Thank you for to all of your generous donations, and to our entertainers, crew, volunteers and supporters who have made this possible. I look forward to seeing you next year at festivals and on the road. The schedule will be announced soon.

We are looking for corporate sponsors for our festival tour. Please contact me for additional information and publicity opportunities.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.