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The Challenge of Profound Deafness


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Dorothy's Making of

Chef Darren's father, Bernie Weiss, was one of my best friends in High School in Pittsburgh, PA in 1954-57. After graduation, we stayed in touch for more than 50 years. When he told me that his son was profoundly deaf, I wasn't sure what that meant but I knew it was difficult for the whole family. Bernie shared with me a little about the struggles they endured. Years went by and I began to follow the story, through Bernie, that Darren had graduated from The Culinary Institute of America and had become a full-fledged chef! As the story evolved, I realized that even though he now had a cochlear implant, he was still severely hearing impaired. Even with that challenge, he owned and ran his own award-winning restaurant. When I heard that, I realized that documenting Darren's journey would make a riveting story.


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This documentary profiles the determination of a profoundly deaf boy and his family, as he grows from an early, silent childhood to graduating from The Culinary Institute of America and becoming an award-winning chef at his own trend-setting restaurant.


Producer/Director: Dorothy Fadiman
Videographer: Ethan Jacob, Laura Wigod, Christopher Carson Smith
Principle Editors: Aimee Gillette, Laura Wigod, Keith Schikore
Editors: Owen Tomlins, Marlo McKenzie, Ekta Bansal Barghava
Assistant to the editor: Hannah Latimer-Snell


Screening and Panel Discussion
The Culinary Institute of America
The Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, NY
October 16, 2019

June 3, 2018
Lucie Stern Community Center
Palo Alto, CA
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