New Bill Introduced Requiring Open Captions At The Movies
Anyone who has read our blog knows about the struggles of captioning, especially in movie theaters. Today’s deaf moviegoer buys their ticket, waits about ten minutes (or more) for their snazzy CaptionView stick, and prays that there won’t be any issues. These issues include low battery, connection issues, and sometimes a complete lack of captioning entirely. AMC Theaters, for example, hosted showings of Smokey and the Bandit in respect for Burt Reynolds but failed to provide captioning. (Some deaf fans even bought tickets and concessions only to find out that there would be no captioning once the movie started.)
Luckily we have friends in Washington: D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen introduced a bill that would require any theaters in D.C. with three or more screens to show movies with open captions a minimum of four times a week per title (and two during prime times, like Friday and Saturday nights). Unlike CaptionView sticks that may or may not work, open captions are displayed on the movie screen. This is often the preferred method among the deaf- Unfortunately some hearing moviegoers complain that the captioning interferes with the movie, and these complaints drive many theaters to use the dreaded CaptionViews. Hawaii already has a similar bill requiring all movie theaters with two locations or more statewide to show titles with open captions at least twice a week.
Deafies aren’t the only ones who see an advantage to this bill. Many individuals who are hard-of-hearing, such as seniors, find the captioning to be beneficial and that it improves the experience. Movie theaters could potentially see more customers and revenue by providing open captions.
Deaf History Spotlight: Ryan Lane!
You may not know the name right away, but if you’re a fan of Switched at Birth you will immediately recognize this week’s deafie!
Ryan Lane was born to a hearing family in California and graduated from the California School of the Deaf, Riverside. Lane got his start when director David Risotto saw his picture and knew he’d be the perfect fit for his documentary Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero. Lane’s physique and deafness allowed him to portray the legendary baseball player with ease. Lane also guest starred in several TV dramas including House M.D., Cold Case, and Miami Medical.
Arguably his most notable role is Travis from Switched At Birth, where he plays a deaf athletic high school student that has a hard time communicating at home. He eventually moves in with Emmett Blesdoe (Sean Berdy) and causes some romantic drama for a few different characters. In 2013, Lane received the Media Access RJ Mitte Diversity Award for his performance on Switched at Birth.
Good Luck, From ASLdeafined!
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Handshape of the Week: K/P!
The K-handshape (or P-handshape) looks like a peace sign with the thumb placed between the index and middle finger, as shown in the sign for KING below:
Other signs that use the K/P-Handshape include: