CRANFORD – Union County College will be hosting the 29th annual American Sign Language Festival on Saturday, April 20, at the Cranford Campus. A community forum titled, “Visions of a Professional Interpreter” which is comprised of a panel of deaf community members, will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Main Lecture Hall. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Richel Student Commons and will include vendors, food, movies, and performances.
A performance will be held by Wild Zappers’ Dynamic Duo. The Dynamic Duo is an all deaf male dance company that was founded by Irvine Stewart in 1989. With their performances, they strive to enrich the lives of hearing and deaf in the world of professional arts. They bring to sign language energetic movements and the beauty of dance in one uplifting experience for all.
At 7:30 p.m. the movie, “Lake Windfall”, will be held in the Richel Student Commons. The film is sponsored by NorthWest Jersey Association of the Deaf. The movie focuses on five deaf characters taking a camping trip out in the woods and takes an authentic look at three different types of hearing loss. After an apocalyptic event occurs, they are forced to focus on their own survival. While trying to survive these characters realize how important effective communication is to one’s well-being. This is the first time this film will be shown in New Jersey. There is a fee for the movie. The tickets are $12 each and can be purchased during the festival or at the door that evening.
The College’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. The day’s events are sponsored by the Union County College SIGN Club and the Student Government Association. For more information or directions to the campus, visit www.ucc.edu.
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