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DEAF CINEMA: CLOSED CAPTIONING, AUDIO DESCRIPTION, AND THE REINVENTION OF SILENT FILM: 2017

This collaborative project on Deaf Cinema in Francophone films features a symposium with three prominent French film theorists on the topics of Closed Captioning (CC), Audio Description (AD), and the Reinvention of Silent Film. The symposium will also address the implications of new technologies on the field of cinema and on “Deaf Cinema.” A screening of René Clair’s film Sous les toits de Paris will be shown ahead of time to introduce these ideas, and will be followed by a roundtable panel of UF faculty and speakers and a book exhibit

The project is co-led by UF professors Dr. Alioune Sow and Dr. Sylvie Blum, and features involvement from multiple departments at both the University of Florida and our partner institutions in France. Departments and individuals involved include: the English department with Dr. Barbara Mennel, and Richard Burt (film and media Studies), the Music school, Languages, literatures and cultures (Dror Abend-David, Sylvie Blum-Reid, affiliated with film studies), the department of Linguistics, the translation program, the College of Journalism and Communication, and the Institute of Aging in the College of Medicine.

Centers of Excellence: Deaf Cinema

Leaders of the project:

Alioune Sow, Associate Professor of French and African Studies
Sylvie Blum, Professor of French and Francophone Literature and Film