ABOUT JADE BRYAN
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 the Deaf Talent® Movement (#DeafTalent®) to raise awareness for those who are Black and POC, including those with other intersectional identities, (LGBT+) who have been systematically boxed out of the Film and Television industry.
JADE is the original creator and owner of #DeafTalent®. 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 Deaf Black and POC 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. Jade is a Go To Person to help producers, writers, directors and executives to ensure that our cultural representations, Deaf & Disabled characters, and storylines are multi-dimensional and authentic.
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Jade Bryan 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. Jade founded DeafVision Filmworks, Inc. and Jade Films and Entertainment, LLC, and has produced and directed such award-winning documentaries as “Listen to the Hands of Our People", ”On and Off Stage: The Bruce Hlibok Stories”, “9/11 Fear in Silence: The Forgotten Underdogs” and “Reaching Zenith: A Black Deaf Filmmaker’s Journey.”
Jade completed her first feature, “If Your Could Hear My Own Tune”, which toured the festival circuit from 2010-2012. She worked tirelessly on the film for nine (9) years, which she produced in 2001. Jade in talks about producing it into a musical play (staged reading) this summer/fall of 2018. The new title is “Feel My Song.”
"The Shattered Mind” is her most recent feature film she completed in 2014 and toured 47 film festivals around the globe. “The Shattered Mind” won 17 awards; included Best Sound, Audience Award, Special Jury Prize, Best Exhibition Film and Best Narrative Feature and Short.
One of Jade’s projects, "The Two Essences", a comedy sitcom pilot, will be her first television series. She is also pitching another pilot, “The Innocent Project,” about deaf females hero complex. And she is also working on a documentary, “Black and Deaf in America”, about various issues regarding deaf (African-Americans) who were impacted by police brutality, racism, black erasure and oppression in the educational system.
Jade believes in promoting inclusion, awareness, and positive representation of Deaf Talent of Color in television and film. She created the #DeafTalent® Movement on social media in 2012. (Click here to read Jade's CV)
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.
When we tell stories to our audience, our goal is to spotlight new and thriving talents. We want to engage, inspire, provoke, invoke and educate them. We believe in elevating the voices of POC/Black Deaf Talent. We want to see ourselves dramatized on the screen. We also strive to be in-the-know about the latest happenings, buzz, and trends.
Jade Films believes in correcting and addressing any type of misrepresentation, culture and language appropriation and misconception. Quite often, our voices are overlooked, marginalized and kept on the sidelines.
Jade Films has a goal of building bridges and collaborating with other storytellers by bringing entertainment to our community, those who are also, and most importantly, are our consumers as well.
We are a rather innovative and creative group, looking to assimilate with the population at large, but not looking to be limited by thoughts of ‘should’ or ‘have to’. Jade Films stands out by being unique; by thinking outside of the conforming box.
Photo credit by Joey Cortez.