Signing Stylist Documentary

$3,695 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 35 months
Salons and barber shops are cultural symbols of chatter and gossip, a little escape from daily stresses to get pampered and focus on oneself. But what about those who have communication barriers?

For many people in the Deaf community, trips to the salon actually exacerbate stress and anxiety rather than alleviate it. The main character in our documentary, Gabriel, is a hairstylist. Gabriel met his boyfriend, Patrick, at a bar . He noticed Patrick's smile from across the room and knew he had to talk to him. He did not know yet that they would have to find a creative way to communicate. Patrick is deaf and Gabriel didn't know sign language, so they asked the bartender for a piece of paper and a pen. Three years later, the couple happily communicates using sign language. Gabriel now specializes in hairdressing for the Deaf community in DC; a community that he is now a part of.

Many of us never think about the routine tasks that aren't so routine for the Hard of Hearing. But without hesitation, Gabriel crossed a cultural barrier and bridged the gap between two communities. We are two GW students aiming to inspire others to do the same by sharing Gabriel and Patrick's story in this documentary.

Our hope is to screen our film at Gallaudet University, a federally chartered university for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. We are still undergraduates, and don't have the funds to pay our interpreters, freelancers and editors the compensation they deserve.

Please help us share Gabriel and Patrick's story. Many people will be glad that you did.

Sincerely,
Katharina Werner and Riley Kirkpatrick
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Update 6
34 months ago

We have been featured in Sweet Lemon Mag!

Check out the story here:

http://sweetlemonmag.com/mover-shaker/new-documentary-highlights-dc-couple/
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Update 5
35 months ago

Check us out on the GLAAD blog! GLAAD is an acronym that stands for Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The organization aims to amplify the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively.

They wrote about our project here:

www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-wrap-sal-dallas-buyers-club-open-linda-perry-project-albums-ellen-alex-newell-plus-more

Visit GLAAD's main site here:

www.glaad.org
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Update 4
35 months ago

Hello everyone! We reached our initial goal of $4,000, which we deemed the minimum amount necessary to produce a quality film on this topic. We have received messages from additional people interested in donating, so we have raised our goal to $5,000 and will absolutely accept these additional donations. We thank you all so much for your kindness and interest in our project, these donations will ensure that we can do an even better job than we initially imagined. Thank you!

-Riley and Katharina
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Update 3
35 months ago

We are proud to say that we have reached our fundraising goal! Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed and shared our page. Stay tuned for updates along the way until we screen in May!
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Irene Bee-Kain
35 months ago

What a wonderful story. knowing your truly happy. Hugs Gabe

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$3,695 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 35 months
Created October 22, 2013
LP
$50
Luke Podbury
34 months ago
SH
$25
Susan Hauck
35 months ago

Best of luck Gabe, Patrick and all.

MP
$10
Michelle Pearson
35 months ago
$1,000
Anonymous
35 months ago
RR
$500
Robert Rubenstein
35 months ago
LP
$1,000
LeRoy Pingho
35 months ago

The Pingho family is delighted to support you.

LN
$100
Lars Nordstrom
35 months ago

Keep up the good work ... you ROCK !!

LH
$100
Leigh Henry
35 months ago
$150
Anonymous
35 months ago
$25
Anonymous
35 months ago
Irene Bee-Kain
35 months ago

What a wonderful story. knowing your truly happy. Hugs Gabe

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