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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.
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
Is There a Right Way to Be Deaf?
I've always felt like the object of a constant tug of war between the deaf and the hearing communities.
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