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Now showing on South: movie in sign language

By Mona Lisa Tucker/south news editor

The South Campus Film Club and disability support services will host the Fort Worth premiere of a film done completely in American Sign Language, instructor Molly Floyd said.

The movie titled Versa Effect is about two people who switch places, similar to Freaky Friday, Floyd said. The film is rated G and appropriate for the entire family, she said.

The writers, producers and promoters of the film are from the deaf community. One of the actors is from a local high school in Tarrant County, Floyd said.

“I think it’ll be interesting,” she said. “I watched the trailer, and there’s actually no sound whatsoever. There’s no music, no talking, no anything.”

Interpreters will be available for people who want to communicate or want to know what the actors are saying, Floyd said.

The 90-minute film is a creation of ASL Films and will be shown twice in the Recital Hall Oct. 14. It will be shown with captions at 4 p.m. and without captions at 7 p.m., she said.

“The film club will be selling snacks and drinks to raise money for a film festival they’re hoping to attend later on,” she said.

Gina Jackson, an interpreter on South, said she was looking forward to seeing the film.

“I think it’s going to be phenomenal to bring this kind of awareness to the TCC community, and, hopefully, we can reach out to the entire DFW community,” she said.

Leslie Seggelink, who will interpret during the film, said this allows the deaf community to get together and enjoy a high-quality film.

“This is going to be so much fun,” she said.

DSS coordinator Gail Walters said this is an opportunity for people who can hear to experience a world without hearing, she said. Likewise, the film will give greater awareness for individuals with disabilities to see how society responds, she said.

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