Hear Me, See Me – Justice, Equality, and the Inclusive Power of the Arts


Hear Me, See Me is a documentary about justice, equality and the inclusive power of the arts.
In 2012, Stories that Soar! partnered with filmmaker Jonathan VanBallenberghe from Open Lens Productions to create a documentary chronicling the challenges of creating a live theatre production intended for deaf and blind audiences. The issues of justice, equality and universal design surfaced, telling a compelling story of what it means to create art and space that is truly inclusive.
Stories that Soar! first partnered with the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind in 2011, bringing ASDB students’ original stories and creative ideas to life in a singular performance accessible to both deaf and blind audiences. This continuing partnership has created an engaging and exciting outlet for ASDB students to express themselves, as well as posing creative challenges and invaluable learning experiences for the Stories that Soar! ensemble, and ultimately, the community at large.

Jonathan VanBallenberghe is an award-winning documentary and commercial filmmaker. His 2011 documentary Guru premiered at the Tribecca Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary Short. His first full-length documentary, The Ostrich Testimonies, premiered at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival, and won Best of Arizona at the Arizona International Film Festival. In the Company of Moose (2009) can be seen on television and on InFlight Entertainment. Currently he is completing River of Bears, a film about brown bears that will play on 360 full-dome planetarium screens.