Crowdfunding Spotlight: Jade Bryan's Resist Through Our Eyes
NYWIFT member Jade Bryan started a Kickstarter campaign for her film Resist Through Our Eyes: Our Rights & Freedom. Per Jade: the film “is about social issues, divided into eight series which will follow and document Deaf and Hard of Hearing people’s personal experiences and concerns when their human and civil rights are violated, challenged and threatened in the current political climate of chaos, toxicity, propaganda, "alternative facts" and uncertainty that exist under a regime Administration. We will also touch on social justice issues pertaining to the Black Lives Matter and #NoDAPL movements, as well as the Obama Administration's Affordable Care Act.”

The deadline for the fund is March 16.


Producer: Jade Bryan
Co-Producer: Maleni Chaitoo

Per Jade: "We will meet and interview Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals whose Constitutional Rights have being threatened or violated by some of the executive orders signed by 45. This includes activists, advocators, educators, lawyers, interpreters, Human and Civil Rights agencies and organizations, and their allies.

The film will also discuss the impact that this political climate has on their mental health and well-being when their freedom and rights are being put to the test whether they're American citizens, registered VISA/Green Card holders or undocumented immigrants living in the USA. I can tell you as an activist filmmaker, self-care plays a pivotal role of our lives.

Capturing compelling stories told through their eyes will not only be historical, educational and therapeutical, it will also improve our world, our minds and our future, and hope to fortify and unify our divided communities."


Jade Bryan graduated with a BFA degree in film production from one of the world's top film schools at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Jade founded DeafVision Filmworks, Inc. and Jade Films and Entertainment, LLC, and has produced and directed such award-winning documentaries as Listen to the Hands of Our People, On and Off Stage: The Bruce Hlibok Stories, and 9/11 Fear in Silence: The Forgotten Underdogs.

Jade completed her first feature, If You Could Hear My Own Tune, formerly known as Somalia: A Love Story, which toured the festival circuit from 2010-2012, working tirelessly on the film for nine years. The Shattered Mind, a new short film that she completed in 2014, is currently going through the festival circuit.

Also, The Two Essences, a comedy series pilot, is scheduled for production in 2017-2018. Overall, her goal is to increase positive representation of Deaf People of Color in television and film. Jade is a proud member NYWIFT.

Maleni Chaitoo is an Executive Producer and Actor of the new comedy web series, Don’t Shoot the Messenger with co-Executive Producers, Craig Fogel and Jessica Wasserman. She is an advocate speaker at United Nations on disability and American Sign Language cultural programming and linguistic advocate for new media and new voices. She is a new member of NYWIFT.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts