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DC Deaf Moviegoers – Survey for Jan-Mar 2016

January 5, 2016 in Community News

 

 

Happy New Year! I wanted to share this survey about open captioned movies for the Washington, DC area during January-March 2016. Please take a few minutes now and pick the movies you want to see with open captions in the next few months! DC Deaf Moviegoers  ( Eric Nordlof )

Survey: http://goo.gl/forms/oXYJ5tyO4q

Thank you for your input!

Open caption films at the Old Greenbelt Theatre MD – Nov 29

November 24, 2015 in Community Events, Community News

 

The Old Greenbelt Theatre in Greenbelt, Md., offers open captioned films on Sunday afternoons.

Brooklyn is playing on Sunday, November 29, at 1 p.m.

Check their website and get your name on their mailing list to be informed about upcoming films.  Look for the “OC” designation for the film on Sundays.
Check out thier website at http://greenbelttheatre.org.    

There is also a farmer’s market next to the theatre on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 25 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Md.

Courtesy of Jackie Mann
Maryland Deaf Seniors – http://mddeafseniors.org

“Bridge of Spies” Open Captioned – Friday, Nov 6th

November 5, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community Events

 

There will be an open captioned screening of “Bridge of Spies” this Friday, November 6th at 7:20 PM!
It will be at Regal Gallery Place 14 in Washington, DC.

Tickets are now available to buy online. Deaf moviegoers can go to the theater website (http://www.regmovies.com/Theatres/Theatre-Folder/Regal-Gallery-Place-Stadium-14-7719), change the date to 11/6/15, and find “Bridge of Spies” with the row showing 7:20 PM and “OC” under Amenities.

If you do not know anything about Bridge of Spies, here are some links:

Trailer with English Subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLmj9vnjgqg
Score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bridge_of_spies/
Score of 81 out of 100 on Metacritic: http://www.metacritic.com/movie/bridge-of-spies

The main Facebook group for following OC screenings is DC Deaf Moviegoers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/dcdeafmoviegoers/), and the Facebook event page for the “Bridge of Spies” OC screening can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1514003808913807/

New Hawaii law accommodates deaf and blind in movie theaters

May 7, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Disability Law

 

 

Hawaii News Now
By HNN Staff
May 06, 2015 9:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A bill signed into law on Wednesday by Governor David Ige will make Hawaii the first state in the nation to mandate accommodations for the hearing and visually impaired at movie theatres statewide.

HB1272 requires anyone that operates a motion picture theater in more than two locations in the state to provide open captioning during at least two showings per week of each motion picture that is produced with open movie captioning. It also requires them to provide an audio description of any motion picture that is produced and offered with audio description. The measure takes effect Jan. 1, 2016 and sunsets Jan. 1, 2018.

“This law makes Hawaii the first state in the nation to mandate broader accommodations to allow equal access to movie theaters for our deaf, blind, deaf/blind and hard-of-hearing communities,” said the bill’s introducer Rep. James Tokioka (Wailua Homesteads, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Puhi, Old Koloa Town, Omao).

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AFI Silver Theatre provides open captioning – Sun Feb 15

February 12, 2015 in Community News

 

 

AFI Silver Theatre provides open captioning for select films.

Catch these Oscar Noms before “Oscar Sunday” on February 22:

Open Captioned Screenings for Sunday, Feb. 15:

  • INHERENT VICE (OC) 4:00

  • BIRDMAN (OC) 7:05

  • THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (OC) 7:30

  • THE IMITATION GAME (OC) 9:20

Check AFI.com/Silver for upcoming Open Caption Screenings!

AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Rd., near the intersection of Colesville Rd. and Georgia Ave.  For daily listings call 301-495-6700

(!)  Pass Restricted

Mary Dalto | Theater Manager & Events | AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center | American Film Institute
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | P: 301.495.6748 | F: 301.495.6777 | MDalto@AFI.com

AFI Silver Theatre – OPEN CAPTION screenings this Sunday (1/25)

January 22, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community Events, Community News

 

 

AFI Silver Theatre is happy to provide open captioning for select films this Sunday, Jan. 25th: 

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (OC) at 11:00 a.m. – 5 Oscar Noms!

BIRDMAN (OC) at 7:05 – 9 Oscar Noms!

THE IMITATION GAME (OC) at 9:50 – 8 Oscar Noms!

Check AFI.com/Silver for future Open Caption Screenings.

AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Rd., near the intersection of Colesville Rd. and Georgia Ave.  For daily listings call 301-495-6700

(!)  Pass Restricted 

 
Mary Dalto

 
Theater Manager | AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center | American Film Institute 
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | P: 301.495.6720 | F: 301.495.6777 | theatermanagers@AFI.com

Open Captioning of 3 Movies this Sunday on Sun, Jan 18

January 16, 2015 in Community Events

 

 

We will  be screening all three films with opening captioning at the following times this Sunday.   Please pass this along to anyone who would be able to take advantage of this opportunity.  If you have any emails/organizations I might send this to to get the word out, please don’t hesitate to send them to me.

Open Captioned Screenings on Sun, Jan 18:

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (OC) 11:00 a.m.

BIRDMAN (OC) 7:05

THE IMITATION GAME (OC) 9:30

Thank you for your patience and we hope you will be able to come to one (or more) of these films.

Mary Dalto

Theater Manager | AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center | American Film Institute

8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | P: 301.495.6720 | F: 301.495.6777theatermanagers@AFI.com

 

Join ALDA at the Movie Captioning Webcast-Friday 11/21/14-10-11AM EST

November 20, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Technology

 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Groups and Movie Theater Owners
Joint Press Conference on Movie Captioning

National Press Club, Washington D.C.

November 21, 2014
10:00 – 11:00am ET

– WATCH Webcast –
View the live press conference Archive from Friday 11/21 from 10-11 AM EST

Read Press Conference Announcement

(Washington, D.C. – 21 November 2014) The Alexander Graham Bell Association (AG Bell), the Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) today announced an agreement to file joint recommendations with the Department of Justice regarding its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on captioning equipment in U.S. movie theaters.

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING ADVOCACY GROUPS AND THEATER OWNERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO MAKE JOINT RECOMMENDATIONS TO DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ON ADA RULE FOR MOVIE THEATERS 

Commitments To Voluntary Actions To Improve Access Also Outlined

(Washington, D.C. – 21 November 2014) The Alexander Graham Bell Association (AG Bell), the Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) today announced an agreement to file joint recommendations with the Department of Justice regarding its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on captioning equipment in U.S. movie theaters.

After several weeks of discussions, the five organizations agreed on a set of recommendations (attached) to the DOJ to improve access to movies for deaf and hard of hearing patrons.

Read entire Press Release – DOWNLOAD – Joint Press Release (PDF)

 

 

DOJ pushes rules for movie theaters on serving blind & deaf

July 29, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Disability Law

 

 

The Hill
By Benjamin Goad
Article Source

The Justice Department moved Friday to open up the nation’s cinemas to the visually and hearing impaired with a slate of draft regulations requiring movie theaters to offer closed captioning and audio description technology. 

“This proposed rule will allow all Americans, including those with disabilities, to fully participate in the moviegoing experience,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in unveiling the plan.

The DOJ’s bid to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act comes four years after the agency signaled plans to move forward with new regulations, drawing more than 1,000 public comments. 

The agency is seeking to require all theaters with digital screens to comply with the new regulations six months after the rule is finalized. The proposal asks for comment on whether a four year compliance date is appropriate for theaters with analog screens, or whether regulations for those movie houses should be shelved until a later date. 

Estimates of the costs of the rule fall somewhere between $177.8 million and $225.9 million over 15 years, the agency said. 

Under the rules, captions would be delivered directly to the seat in a manner only visible to only a requesting patron. Audio description, transmitted via a wireless headset, allows individuals who are blind or have low vision “a spoken narration of important visual elements of a movie, such as actions, settings, facial expressions, costumes and scene changes.”

The Justice Department stressed that the regulations would . . .

Read more: http://thehill.com/regulation/213330-doj-pushes-new-movie-theater-rules-for-blind-and-deaf#ixzz38sEAlSwj
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Looking for Captioned Movies in Theaters?

August 15, 2013 in Captioning / Relay, Community News

Looking for Captioned Movies in Theaters?

Feta Fernsler has shared these two links to watch captioned or subtitled trailers for: 

movies

 

 

 


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Sen. Harkins Champions Captions, Video Description of Movies

May 28, 2013 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Technology

ADA, Air Carriers Access Act Amendments Introduced by Senator Harkin;
Would Require Captions, Video Description in Movie Theaters, on Flights

Press release issued March 13, 2013

 Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), long-time champion of the rights of people with disabilities and author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, has introduced new amendments to the ADA and to the Air Carriers Access Act to expand access to media.

These new bills promise to fully include people with sensory disabilities in two key venues for entertainment and information: movie theaters and airlines. They require captions and video description in movie theaters as well as in-flight entertainment, and include provisions for making seat-back touch-screens accessible on airlines.

WGBH’s National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM: http://ncam.wgbh.org) successfully conducted research and development projects on each of these innovations, and brought captions and descriptions to movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada through its patented “MoPix” technology (www.mopix.org). NCAM also led the “Making In-flight Communication and Entertainment Accessible” project (http://ncam.wgbh.org/invent_build/movies/making-in-flight-communication) which prototyped captions, descriptions, and accessible displays for airline entertainment systems.

These innovative research projects were funded by the US Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability Research and Rehabilitation.

Press release from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP):
http://www.help.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=347af2ed-b204-45a8-b565-0b8a218f5889&groups=Chair


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Netflix Charged With Discriminating Against the Deaf

October 17, 2011 in Technology

NVRC Note: This lawsuit is discussed at http://www.hackingnetflix.com/2011/10/netflix-other-companies-face-yet-another-lawsuit-over-captions.html

Some of the comments are very harsh.PRLog (Press Release) – Oct 4, 2011 – Netflix and four other high tech corporations have been charged with violating human rights in a formal legal complaint which alleges that willfully refusing to provide closed captioning on most of the programs it transmits over the Internet constitutes illegal discrimination against the handicapped by denying the deaf “full and equal enjoyment” of its goods and/or services in violation of the D.C. Human Rights Act, the toughest anti-discrimination law in the U.S.

If convicted, Netflix would have to add closed captioning to virtually all of the movies, TV shows, and the other programming it provides over the Internet to customers; a tremendous benefit not only to the deaf, but also to the much larger number of customers who are older or otherwise simply hard of hearing, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who has filed more than 100 successful complaints against discrimination based upon race, sex, country of origin, and disability.

Netflix — and Apple, Panasonic, Tivo, and Toshiba, which have been charged with “aiding and abetting” for providing and modifying their devices to facilitate Netflix’s Internet transmissions — could also face penalties for every day and to every person who has been subjected to this discrimination, as well being forced to pay attorney fees.

The complaint recites that Netflix has assured deaf organizations, as well as deaf individuals who have complained about the discrimination, that there is no technical reason why the closed captioning information — which is allegedly already available in most of the source material Netflix uses to transmit the programming, including even in the DVDs which it provides to customers — cannot be transmitted over the Internet, and Netflix has repeatedly promised to do so.

Netflix’s “willfully, maliciously, and unfairly refusing to provide closed captioning services for the programming it transmits to customers through the Internet,” and its continued refusal to meet the legitimate needs of their deaf, hearing impaired, and hard of hearing customers, is the basis of this legal action, says Banzhaf, who helped establish the National Center for Law and the Deaf, require the open captioning of information in emergency messages broadcast by TV stations, get deaf students admitted to law schools, and caused Congress to invite the first deaf person to testify on deaf-related issues before a congressional committee.

Many courts have held that even providing the same services to everyone may nevertheless illegally discriminate against one group as compared with another if that service has the effect or consequence of adversely affecting one group. For example, a university which provides uniforms and equipment to its university athletes, but doesn’t provide protective cups and/or jock straps, obviously has the effect or consequence of discriminating against the male athletes, even though the female athletes are likewise denied these same items.

Two U.S. Court of Appeals decisions make this point very clearly. In the first, the Sixth Circuit court held that even providing identical restroom facilities to males and females may constitute illegal sex discrimination against women because their needs are very different. In that case the facilities were filthy, which presented a far more serious health problem to women since men don’t have to sit to urinate. The court held “anatomical differences between men and women are ‘immutable characteristics,’ just as race, color and national origin are” – and, of course, as deafness is.

Similarly, in another case, where both male and female workers were equally required to urinate outdoors in the open, the court held that the requirement constituted “sexual harassment” of female employees because the same act of urination was both more difficult and more embarrassing for women than for men

This legal proceeding against Netflix is also similar to two other discrimination complaints brought against eHarmony, a match-making Internet website.  Both charged that although the company provided the same service to everyone — help in finding a person of the opposite sex who might be compatible — it nevertheless discriminated on the basis of the prohibited basis of sexual orientation since the service was virtually useless to homosexuals — just as a movie-via-Internet service without captions is virtually useless to the deaf.

eHarmony was ordered to pay $55,000 in one case, and to settle for $2 million in the other.

Ironically, deaf people may sign up to receive DVDs in the mail from Netflix containing many of the same programs they can also receive over the Internet, and which have closed captions which they can turn on so that they can understand and fully enjoy the programming.  However, they cannot get this same closed captioning if they obtain their programming from Netflix over the Internet.

As a result, the deaf are denied the full and equal enjoyment of the Netflix Internet service since, with the DVD delivery-by-mail service:
■ they have to order the programming days in advance and cannot be spontaneous, entertain visitors with different tastes who suddenly drop in, etc.;
■  they must wait several days before they can watch the programming they desire;
■  they are limited — by the number of DVDs they can have out at any one time — in terms of how many programs they can watch in a given time span;
■  they must put up with the inconvenience of opening and repacking the mailing envelopes, finding and then putting them back into a mailbox, etc.

Banzhaf, who has been a leader in using legal action as a weapon against the problems of the deaf, just as he has also done with the problems of smoking, obesity, and sex discrimination, says that finally the silent minority may be heard, and be able to enjoy — even if they cannot hear — the movies and TV programs everyone else takes for granted.

JOHN F. BANZHAF III, B.S.E.E., J.D., Sc.D.
Professor of Public Interest Law
George Washington University Law School,
FAMRI Dr. William Cahan Distinguished Professor,
Fellow, World Technology Network,
Founder, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
Creator, Banzhaf Index of Voting Power
2000 H Street, NW, Suite S402
Washington, DC 20052, USA
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http://banzhaf.net/