Posts Tagged ‘Alexander Zernovoj’


Silent O Got an Award

April 15, 2010

Yesterday, I received the following press release from the 3rd BC Deaf Film Festival “DC 3” Secretariat in Washington, D.C. [Or click films.html]

April 13, 2010


Subject: 3rd D.C. Deaf Film Festival Award Winners

Washington, D.C. – The DC Deaf Film Festival “DC 3” hosted by the District of Columbia \ Association of the Deaf (DCAD) on March 26 and 27th at George Washington University was a rousing success. Filmmakers and attendees came from as far away as the United Kingdom
and California.

DCAD will host single film evenings later in 2010. The 4th DC Deaf Film Festival will return in Spring 2012. Watch future announcements for more information.

The award winners for the DC 3 Festival are:

Jury’s Choice Award – Best Feature Documentary: “Anna’s Silent Struggle” (Netherlands)

DCAD Honorable Mention in Feature Documentary: “Silent Odyssey” (Philippines)* and “Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind In the Spotlight” (Virginia)

Jury’s Choice Award – Best Short Documentary: “Exodus” (New York)

DCAD Honorable Mention in Short Documentary: “Coach Huizar” (New Mexico)

Jury’s Choice Award – Best Feature Drama: “Coming Home” (United Kingdom)

Jury’s Choice Award – Best Drama Short: “Hands Solo”  (United Kingdom)

Jury’s Choice Award – Best Short Art: “All Animals” (California) and “The Parcel” (United Kingdom)

Jury’s Choice Award – Best Student Film: “Blue Sky” (Massachusetts) and “Silent Films (California)

DCAD Honorable Mention “Death by Deafness” (United Kingdom) and “Land of the Deaf” (New Zealand)

Reel Feature Length Audience Choice Award: “Anna’s Silent Struggle” (Netherlands)

Reel International Audience Choice Award: “Hands Solo” (United Kingdom) and “Coming Home” (United Kingdom)

Reel American Audience Choice Award: “Blue Sky” (Massachusetts) and “Silent Films” (California)

Reel DC Audience Choice Award:  “Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind In the Spotlight” (Virginia)

Grand Audience Choice Award (Best of 2 Days): “Hands Solo” (United Kingdom)

More information is posted at
Congratulations to all the winners!

Thanks goes to Sorenson Communication and George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs for sponsoring this event.

And many thanks goes to our festival chairperson Brianne Burger and her committee for their tireless hours of hard work organizing and running the Film Festival. This festival would have not been possible without them.


To obtain more information, please contact DCAD Vice President and PR Director Alexander Zernovoj at


*Received yesterday, July 6, 2010


Silent O Journeys to Washington University

February 26, 2010

I was so happy to receive an email from Mr. Alexander Zernovoj, District of Columbia Association for the Deaf (DCAD) Vice President confirming the acceptance of Silent Odyssey in the District of Columbia Deaf Film Festival. He wrote in part:

Congratulations! Your film, Silent Odyssey, has been accepted for the 3rd D.C. Deaf Film Festival, March 26 – 27, 2009, hosted by the District of Columbia Association for the Deaf (DCAD). The film festival will be held at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium.

You are cordially invited to attend our D.C. Deaf Film Festival. Not only you will have one free full combo pass to all two days of the film festival activities, you will also get an invitation for two people to the exclusive VIP Filmmaker Reception. There will be an opportunity for you to join in a Q & A and possible panel discussion with the audience at the film festival. More information on the panel will be released later.

More information will be posted on their website at

Now… what makes me really excited is the fact that my film focuses on the Filipino Sign Language (FSL). FSL in an ASL (American Sign Language) Film Festival seem interesting. And I am thinking that maybe because FSL was historically influenced by ASL anyway, the fest organizers considered that. SO showing would give the audience an idea as to what FSL is now, and what our Deaf Filipinos really feel towards the use of their own sign language. Would ASL signers feel bad because our Deaf are now fighting for recognition of FSL? I doubt it. Deaf Americans too must have had the same experience with French Sign Language. They in the process produced signs uniquely their own. They too fought, or are still fighting too? for the use of ASL versus oral education for the Deaf and/or Signing Exact English (SEE). I honestly do not know. But I know what most of Deaf Pinoys want and hope for…promotion of sign language use, FSL awareness, and its recognition and practice in all Deaf schools.