Filming Foundations

$5,895 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 32 months

If you’ve been to a Foundations of Interpreting seminar with Betty Colonomos,  you know that it is dynamic and individualized, unscripted and flexible.  

This first of its kind project will document and investigate, through video, the most widely practiced model for ASL/English interpretation in the United States, the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI). Over the last 35 years, thousands of interpreters have engaged with Betty Colonomos, the creator and author of IMI, by attending the Foundations of Interpreting (I-VIII) series.    

Colonomos’ dialogic methodology, based on the work of Lev Vygotsky, does not lend itself to the frozen form of a book. Once documented, this film will serve as a basis for understanding and unpacking the cognitive model and dynamic approach of IMI. Sections of the video will be combined into a videotext, where the concepts and approaches will be unpacked and discussed by Betty Colonomos and colleagues.  The end product will be a tool for mentors, for IMI practitioners, for interpreting students that is accessible, practical and useful.  

Project Aims:

*Document Betty Colonomos’ Foundations I, the first module in a series of seminars
*Create a videotext, where the concepts and approaches of IMI will be discussed further
*Share the Integrated Model of Interpreting with interpreters, mentors, teachers

To make this project a reality, we need money.

All money raised in this not-for-profit endeavor will go toward the documenting (videographer & sound technician), editing, translating/captioning, and later dissemination of this highly valuable resource documentary.

Project Phases:

Phase 1: Filming (November, 2016)  
Phase 2: Review, discussion, unpacking with colleagues, on video (Spring 2017)
Phase 3: Editing video to include captions/translations, as needed (Summer 2017)
Phase 4: Bundling, packaging, & distribution (TBD)

Thank you for supporting this important work for the field of ASL/English interpreting.   Your donation will help further the work of interpreters and in turn the lives of deaf people.

Lianne Moccia
Amy Williamson
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Thank you ALL for your generous support.

We moved ahead with Phase 1 (filming & documenting a Foundations I weekend) following your overwhelming support for this project. We have so far been able to raise the funds for the sound technician/engineer and most of the funds for the videographer. We still have a little bit further to go to wrap up the funding for Phase 1. Can you help us get over that hump?

Sneak peek of some video footage to come. Keep your eyes open for it!

We are continuing to move this project forward with optimism. Spread the word and donate, if you can.

Every little bit puts us closer to a completed project.

Lianne Moccia & Amy Williamson
Filming happened! Thanks to YOU!
Foundations I group work. All smiles!
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$5,895 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 32 months
Created November 4, 2016
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Cindy Herbst
9 months ago
Robert Remigio
13 months ago
21 months ago
Robert Good
23 months ago

Congratulations on the great work

Kate Eifler
24 months ago

Woo hoo!!! Go IMI!

25 months ago
Ray Kenney
25 months ago
Mary Jo Schwie
30 months ago

I'm so happy to see this happening, I can't wait to see the film! Cheers to Betty and the IMI, what a gift! Xo

Christine McQuaid
30 months ago

YES! Infinite gratitude to you & your team for investing your time and efforts into this much needed work!

Traci Shelton
30 months ago
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