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    Film "Telephone" at the OhioDance Festival

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    1:00pm-2:00pm Film “Telephone”; Talk back 2:00-2:30pm Held at The Ohio State University, Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St., 2nd floor Room 225, Columbus OH 43210

    “Telephone” is an activist screendance documentary celebrating emotionally rich, poetic audio description for dance, which allows blind and visually impaired people to be included fully in the joy of artistic expression. The first of its kind, “Telephone” was created specifically with a visually impaired audience in mind, while facilitating an immersive sensory experience for audience members of all sight levels. Featuring diverse disabled and non-disabled artists from across the globe, the film demystifies and legitimizes audio description, not just as an access tool, but as a beautiful, rich art form in its own right. Join us to experience the forty-five minute film, followed by a talkback with the co-directors, choreographer/filmmaker Heather Shaw and Dark Room Ballet Founder Krishna Washburn, who will both join the event virtually. More information about Telephone at:

    The film is presented in collaboration with Art Possible Ohio as part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival

    Columbus. The film includes audio description, American Sign Language, and open captions.

    ASL Interpretation will also be included in the Q & A portion of the event.

    Heather Shaw Co-Director, Telephone Film, Choreographer and filmmaker, Heather Shaw, has presented work at YAGP, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, Mill Valley Film Festival, California Dance Classics, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and more. She is the Artistic Director of Montage Contemporary Company and was a Project Tier Choreographer at Regional Dance America’s NCI’20. Heather holds a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley. More at:

    Krishna Christine Washburn is artistic director and instructor for Dark Room Ballet, and co-directed the Telephone Film. She has an M.Ed. from Hunter College, BA from Barnard College, and is certified by the ACSM in biomechanics. Krishna speaks regularly on self-audio description and educating blind/visually impaired dance students.

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