JADE BRYAN is the First Black Deaf Award-Winning Filmmaker who graduated with a BFA degree in film production from one of the world's top film schools at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1993.
JADE is also an activist who cares about social issues and fights for equality and accessibility. She has been using her platform to address and speak out about the erasure of POC/Black Deaf Voices in Film and Television. In 2012, she started a movement to raise awareness because Deaf Talent who identify as POC, Black and ethnicities, including those with other intersectional identities (LGBT+) have been systematically boxed out of the Film and Television industry.
JADE is the original creator of #DeafTalent. When white people in the Deaf community co-opted the hashtag and shifted the focus on them, Shade E. Black created the hashtag, #DeafTalentSoWhite as a joke, to make a point. To this day, JADE continues to promote and raise awareness using hashtags, #POCDeafTalent and #BlackDeafTalent on social media to elevate our voices. It is still an ongoing fight for recognition, visibility and inclusion in front of and behind the camera. To learn more about our movement, come on in!
With JADE's proven track record, she often ask two questions: What it would take to increase the numbers of POC/Deaf Black Talent in front of and behind the camera? What it would take for us to have our own television show?
Hollywood and the Television Industry need to open their doors to Deaf Female Creators of Color who are the largest untapped potential talent.
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About Jade Films
Jade Films and Entertainment (JFE) is an independent company with goals encompassing a board range of businesses, such as:
Development of Multimedia Projects, Interpreter Mentorship, Program, Television and Film Production, Acting Training School, Artist Management, New Technology, Music Videos, Marketing and Apparel.