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June 3, 2007

Local filmmaker to show movie

From: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Rochester,NY,USA - Jun 3, 2007

Greg Livadas
Staff writer

(June 3, 2007) — Brighton native Irene Taylor Brodsky, whose film Hear and Now won the "Audience Award: Documentary" at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is returning to Rochester to discuss her project.

The subjects of the film, her parents, Paul and Sally Taylor, now of Sodus, Wayne County, will also be attending the screening at 7 p.m. June 14 at the Robert F. Panara Theater at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

The film depicts the Taylors' decision to undergo cochlear implant surgery after 65 years of being deaf, and their reactions to the first sounds they heard following the surgery.

Proceeds of the screening will go to benefit a scholarship in the Taylors' name for deaf and hard-of-hearing film and animation students at NTID.

"Creating this scholarship is very exciting because it will generate many more deaf filmmakers, who have a great deal to contribute to the art form," Brodsky said.

It will be the first time she has shown the film with her parents since its debut at the Sundance festival. A question-and-answer session will follow the 85-minute film.

Tickets are $25, or $40 a couple and are available by contacting Jeannette Vargas at (585) 475-6836 (voice/TTY) or at

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