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September 13, 2004

Press Release: Norwest Deaf Film Festival

From: Kiggins and SCWDHH - Sept 13, 2004

Media Contact:            Gary Hubbard, Classic Theatres, Inc.
                                        (971) 219-2987 Voice


Vancouver’s Kiggins Theatre to Host First Annual
Northwest Film Festival for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Vancouver, WA (September 13, 2004) – In recognition of Deaf Awareness Week, Kiggins Theatre of Vancouver has partnered with the Southwest Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SWCDHH), to present the First Annual Northwest Film Festival for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The festival, to be held Sept. 21-23 and 25-26, promises to be one of the best film festivals ever presented in the Portland/Vancouver area.

The First Annual Northwest Film Festival for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is the first film festival designated for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the Northwest. Over 40 children’s, family, short, and feature films will be shown from all over the world. All of the captioned or signed films are produced by, directed by, star deaf people, or contain a Deaf-related theme.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, renowned Deaf actor Howie Seago will present a workshop, Appreciation of Cinema, which will be followed by Oscar-nominated Beyond Silence, in which Seago has a starring role. For more than 20 years, Seago has worked as an actor, director and producer internationally, including television roles in shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hunter, and The Equalizer. He has been honored several times, including the Helen Hayes award. In addition to creating the Emmy-winning television show, Rainbow’s End, Seago has produced plays, written books, and presented worldwide.

The Film Festival Channel of Los Angeles will be on hand taping the film festival for release throughout the United States and Canada in early December. They will also be working with Kiggins in preparing a segment for Making of a Film Festival.

Tickets are $6.00 per day, or $25.00 for all five days, and may be purchased at the Kiggins Theatre box office at 1011 Main St. in Vancouver, or at SWCDHH at 3015 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver. More details are available at or

The Southwest Washington Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a non-profit, community- based, consumer-driven agency. Established in 1991, SCWDHH is the culmination of a vast grassroots effort of individuals from Washington’s second largest community of Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The staff, volunteers, and community members of SWCDHH continue to work to improve the lives and rights of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind people in Southwest Washington.  The relationship between the Kiggins Theatre and the SWCDHH was established in 2000 when Kiggins, realizing the community need for entertainment among deaf and hard of hearing people began showing open-captioned films.

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