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First ASL Film (1995)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1995-07-07

Duration: 00:10:28

Subjects: Film Industry | Independent films | Deaf


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Orans, Jason Interviewee
  • James, Francis Interviewee
  • Tullos, Connie Interviewee
  • Collins, Dave Interviewee
  • Marquez, Edward Interviewee


This segment from the July 7, 1995, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s visit to the set of “The Key” in Thibodaux, the first dramatic movie ever shot only in American Sign Language (ASL). She interviews: Jason Orans, producer; Francis James, director; Connie Tullos, Louisiana School for the Deaf; Dave Collins, interpreter for Delgado Community College; and Edward Marquez, actor. Host: Robert Collins