|Show Us the Captions! map of U.S. locations, as of November 11, 2012|
Show Us the Captions! theater advocacy campaign kicked off in Europe on November 8. Lauren Storck, Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC) founder attended a subtitled showing of "Skyfall" in France with a friend and sent a written thank you to the theater manager.
|Photo courtesy of Patti White, Good Sport Captioning|
The following day, the Hearing Loss Association of Greater St. Louis, sponsored the first event in the United States. A Regal theater in Hazelwood, Missouri had 50 people in attendance for an open captioned showing of Skyfall. Before the film's start, a demonstration of Sony Entertainment Access Glasses for closed captioning was presented (see above photo). The theater was unable to obtain enough Sony glasses for the crowd, so an open captioned showing was substituted. Great advocacy, Hearing Loss Association of Greater St. Louis!
On November 10th, DCARA (Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, & Referral Agency) of California, sponsored closed captioned events at 10 theaters in the San Francisco Bay area. Participating theater chains included Regal and Cinemark. I am still awaiting a report on their turnout, but will share details with you when I get them.
Next weekend is our event in Chicago which I am coordinating. So far ALDA Chicago has 37 people coming out to attend showings in 6 different locations. As I write this, we have openings for 13 more people who need captioning devices. The theater manager at the first location which filled up has accommodated us by obtaining 5 additional CaptiViews. We really appreciate his responsiveness.
This week I found out that advocacy groups in Colorado and Utah have joined in Show Us the Captions! I've also heard that a group in London may participate as well. It's very exciting and it's not too late for anyone else to join in and participate. You can do it on your own as Lauren did if you don't have a group sponsoring an event in your area. Please let us know on the Show Us the Captions! Facebook page of your plans.