“Happy” In ASL, Part 2.

I’m madly in love with this video. It’s a gorgeous and incredibly joyful (well, how can it not be?) ASL interpretation of Pharrell’s “Happy” performed by campers at Deaf Film Camp–a two-week camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing teens held at Camp Mark Seven, in the Adirondacks in Old Forge, NY.

Also appearing in the music video are Bim Ajadi, Deaf filmaker and director, Rosa Lee Timm, Deaf performance artist, and Azora Telford, CODA and interpreter, all teaching or mentoring at Deaf Film Camp. Rosa Lee and Azora also produced the film. I’m beyond thrilled to discover these incredibly talented people and their works. Enjoy!

via The Limping Chicken

(Take a look at another fun interpretation of “Happy” in ASL.)

 

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A Beautiful Ripple Effect.

There has been a beautiful ripple effect emanating from the tragic loss of Robin Williams. Many  creative people are coming forward to share how depression shapes their lives. Reading their words is slowly helping me to begin pulling words out of a stuck place deep inside.

A Moment for Robin Williams by Victoria Smith cracks open the stereotype of a depressed person by speaking of the extra perception many of us experience, feeling beautiful and sad things so deeply they are difficult to bear alone.

Read her thoughts here.

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The Woods Always Look Familiar.

“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.”

Jack Kerouac