I was given an award by the jury panel at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival for my sign-language short poetry film Deaf Brown Gurl. It was selected as a Jury Award. I was flabbergasted and floored but I feel so incredibly lucky and proud. I love to make movies and it always feels so good to receive some sort of validation from a group of industry professionals who have worked in Hollywood for many years.
I am grateful and blessed to announce that I was shortlisted for 2018 British Muslim Awards. It's a honor to be nominated alongside other great Muslims doing excellent work to contribute to Britian's society and culture for everyone, Muslim and non-Muslim.
Ultimately, I did not win, but I wish a hearty congratulations to Islamic GPS for winning. Thank you to all for existing and for doing good work!
I just received my award at the St. Louis Visionary Awards ceremony on April 25 at the Sun Theatre in midtown St. Louis. I was so happy and proud to be recognized for my works as a Deaf Filmmaker, Performance Artist, Playwright, and ASL Poet. It was a surreal experience. I got to meet other recipients of the Awards and they are all phenomenal women who are doing great works for the arts and for our communities in St. Louis. This award reaffirms my confidence and self-faith that my voice is important and my artistic works matter.
Thank you to the St. Louis Visionary Awards for recognizing me and believing in my works.
Here are some photos. Enjoy!
And here is a video of me giving my acceptance speech. For Deaf viewers, please go to the video link to read a transcript of the introduction statement by Deborah J. Patterson, former head of Monsanto Fund.