Meditation and Conversation in ASL
An afternoon of programs in American Sign Language with ASL-to-English / English-to-ASL interpretation. Open to hearing and Deaf visitors.
1 p.m.: Q&A with Alison O’Daniel and the cast and crew of The Tuba Thieves, including Rachel Nederveld, Heather Quesada, and Nyke Prince.
1:45 p.m.: Perception & Senses: A Visual Guided Meditation with Matt Reinig.
2:30 p.m.: Alison O’Daniel and Rezenet Moges-Riedel will discuss Deaf and Hard of Hearing perspectives and the politics of working with sound.
Rezenet Moges-Riedel is a university lecturer at California State University, Long Beach who teaches in the program of ASL Linguistics and Deaf Cultures (ASLD). She has a BFA in illustration and a masters in linguistic anthropology and is currently pursuing her doctorate in education at California State University, Northridge.
Rachel Nederveld is a 2018 IFP Cannes Producing Fellow who cut her teeth in film working on documentaries about crawfish and Cajun and Creole cowboys. Her most recent film, Clara’s Ghost, directed by Bridey Elliott, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Alison O’Daniel is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art in 2003 and MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2010. She has exhibited, screened films, and performed at institutions throughout the United States and internationally. Scenes from her ongoing film, The Tuba Thieves, as well as several sculptures are included in Made in L.A. 2018.
Nyke Prince began acting and modeling at age seven, and has walked in runway shows for Deafinit Models & Pink Pump. She is developing a channel called SRL (Sign Request Live) that presents music with American Sign Language that is aimed at young Deaf and hearing audiences with all levels of knowledge of American Sign Language. Prince has performed at music venues in Los Angeles including the Roxy Theater and in several ASL music videos, including “You Can Cry” by Marshmello. She was cast in O’Daniel’s previous film, Night Sky, which has screened nationally and internationally with live music and live American Sign Language accompaniment, and has the lead role in O’Daniel’s current film, The Tuba Thieves.
Heather Quesada is a Los Angeles-based professional costumer and a cutter/fitter with IATSE Local 705 Motion Picture Costumers. With an educational background in fine art and fiber, she has been a maker of all things for over 15 years.
Matt Reinig is a mindfulness instructor and creator of Well-Being with Matt. He is also an academic advisor at California State University, Northridge and a personal trainer. He has a BS in kinesiology and an MS in exercise physiology.