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September 21, 2018

Empire Interpreting Service Hosts Debut of Deaf Entertainers Documentary


Empire Interpreting Service (EIS), is co-sponsoring the Syracuse debut of  “See What I’m Saying,” a documentary following four deaf entertainers.   Prior to the showing of the movie, professional theater workshops are also planned April 16-17. “The film had its Hollywood debut on March 18 said Theresa Slater, EIS President/CEO.

“We’re tremendously excited to be a part of this milestone event that will feature Hilari Scarl, the film’s director, and CJ Jones one of the deaf entertainers in the film,” Slater said. “The deaf community and interpreters will be able to attend workshops and have the rare opportunity of meeting Ms. Scarl and Mr. Jones.

Director Hilari Scarl (center) and deaf entertainer CJ Jones (top left) will be on hand for the Syracuse debut of their film, “See What I’m Saying,” a documentary following four deaf entertainers. The event is co-sponsored by Empire Interpreting Service (EIS). Prior to the showing of the movie, professional theater workshops are also planned - April 16-17. “The film had its Hollywood debut on March 18” said Theresa Slater, EIS President/CEO. “More than 30 million deaf people reside in the United States. This population has extremely few opportunities to enjoy theatrical films at a movie theater. ‘See What I’m Saying’ is a source of emotional pride within the deaf community and is the first ever open captioned film in wide commercial release in American cinema history.”

“Workshops will be held at the Maplewood Inn, 400- 7th North St., Liverpool, and the film will be shown at 7:00 p.m., April 17, at the Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse. General admission is $10 at the door Information for participating can be found at www.empireinterpreting.com/SWIS.html.

“More than 30 million deaf people reside in the United States,” Slater said. “This population has extremely few opportunities to enjoy theatrical films at a movie theater.  ‘See What I’m Saying’ is a source of emotional pride within the deaf community and is the first ever open captioned film in wide commercial release in American cinema history.”

Headquartered in Syracuse, EIS is a certified woman owned business enterprise with more than 200 professional Interpreters offering services in American Sign Language, 160 spoken languages, and document translations from business brochures to entire websites. With interpreters in every major city throughout New York State, EIS has grown its reach of service to cover not only New York, but also its’ neighboring states.

“We provide professional and effective communication to our communities in the medical, mental health, legal and civic events areas,” Slater said. “We also serve the education community from pre-school to PhD programs.  An exciting part of our growth right now is the expansion into international markets. We are filling gaps by providing 24/7 over-the-phone spoken language interpreting and by sending Sign Language Interpreters into countries unable to find the resources they need (for communication).

“In addition, we provide in-service training to teach not only the mechanics of how to use an interpreter, but the cultural sensitivities involved, especially when doing business internationally. EIS is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the NationalAssociation of the Deaf, and the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators. For further information, EIS can be contacted in Manhattan at (914) 819-5526, in Syracuse at (315) 472-1383, their financial office in Homer at (607) 753-8338, or on line at www.empireinterpreting.com.


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