This new coming of age film is produced by the world's only Deaf African-American filmmaker! "IF YOU COULD HEAR MY OWN TUNE" features KEY PLAYERS: Lauren Ridloff, Maleni Chaitoo, Patricia Ordonez, Evan Armbrister, Sylvie Marc-Charles and Omar Jaslin and many wonderful actors! This movie would not be made possible without their LABOR OF LOVE and commitment. The film is written, produced and directed by Ann Marie "Jade" Bryan. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood is the executive producer who helps financed the film.
Set in NYC, Carefree Somalia (Sylvie Marc-Charles) seemed pretty content with life: Got a good-looking boyfriend, Zavier (Omar Jaslin) for a musician, is in school to become a fashion designer, got her own place, is extrovert, likes to hit up the clubs just to feel the music, and has her own circle of friends who accepts her for who she is. A recurring complication soon becomes an issue between Somalia and her boyfriend that bifurcate their relationship. Her relationship with Zavier is put to the test when every personal experience becomes communal.
The film underscores the integration of the relationship between the hearing and the Deaf communities as well as other cultures. We believe in integration and interaction that places strong emphasis in addressing communication barriers and toppling them. There are issues we would like to address for the lack of representation, inappropriate exploitations, and negative stereotyping and ineffective exposure.