Purple Employee Receives Accolades for Independent Film

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Purple Communications™, Inc. is pleased to announce that “Deaf Night at the Movies” will be shown at this year’s Deaf Studies Today! conference and film festival hosted by the Utah Valley University (UVU) from April 12 through April 14.This independent film was helmed by Sean Benson, who also works at Purple as video producer.

Deaf Studies Today! explores both academics and deaf culture, and in turn, promotes healthy discussions that ultimately lead to creative, new ideas.

Purple Communications™, Inc. is pleased to announce that “Deaf Night at the Movies” will be shown at this year’s Deaf Studies Today! conference and film festival hosted by the Utah Valley University (UVU) from April 12 through April 14. This independent film was helmed by Sean Benson, who also works at Purple as video producer.

Benson, along with his film partner Lance Pickett, produced and directed this adventure that covers three tales exploring important and relevant Deaf issues and culture through unconventional storytelling. With creative input and acting by more than 60 deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing individuals, “Deaf Night at the Movies” is the largest deaf production created in Utah.

“I am honored our film was selected,” said Benson. “For the UVU to recognize Lance and me, as well as having the opportunity to show this movie is both an exciting and humbling experience.”

Deaf Studies Today! attracts deaf, hearing and children of Deaf adults, academics, students and professionals from across the United States and offers workshops in art, film, storytelling and plays. This year’s conference hosts The American Sign Language (ASL) Literature Festival, De’Via Festival and Deaf Films Festival.

In addition to Benson’s honor, former Fremont School for the Deaf Superintendent and Purple Vice President of Large Accounts Hank Klopping, Ed.D., will have keynoting duties at this year’s conference.

“Deaf Studies Today! explores both academics and deaf culture, and in turn, promotes healthy discussions that ultimately lead to creative, new ideas,” explained Bryan Eldredge, UVU ASL and deaf coordinator. “It’s always so exciting – and rewarding – to participate in such a unique event.”

About Purple

Purple Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of video relay and text relay services, on-site interpreting services and video remote interpreting. Offering a wide array of options designed to meet the varied communication needs of businesses and customers, Purple’s vision is to enable free-flowing communication between people, inclusive of the differences in abilities, languages or locations. Purple, P3, the hands logo and the Purple logo are registered trademarks of Purple Communications, Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Deaf Studies Today!

The Deaf Studies Today! conference is a professional, academic conference that brings together the brightest minds and latest thinking within the interdisciplinary field of deaf studies. The theme for this year’s conference is “Beyond Talk” encouraging the furtherance of deaf theory and its application in a variety of disciplines. Deaf Studies Today! is now established as the primary site for the exchange of information and thinking for anyone interested in deaf studies. The conference has also become an important cultural “place” where deaf people gather to create, renew and maintain relationships. Similarly, the conference has gained a reputation for deaf art in many forms including, paint, poetry, storytelling, plays, films, and more.

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