Nice Talking to You

Nice Talking to You

Two strangers – both hearing persons – form an instant connection at an American Sign Language (ASL) event, talking exclusively in ASL. They spend the night together, strolling through NYC, enjoying a newfound attraction without a spoken word uttered between them. But, part way through, they both realize that they’re each hearing persons. Out of convenience, they shift to verbal communication, and, as they do, they quickly lose their romantic spark.

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Saim Sadiq


Director: Saim Sadiq
Producer: Joseph Capotorto
Screenwriter: Saim Sadiq, Joseph Capotorto
Cinematographer: Federico Spiazzi
Editor: Saim Sadiq, Jasmin Tenucci
Production Designer: Markus Wulf
Sound Designer: Arjun Sheth
Principal Cast: Bane Fakih, Colin Bates, Jasmin Tenucci, Najia Elyoumni-Pinedo, Julia Silvestri, Steve Xie
Additional Credits: American Sign Language Coach: Hannah Ehrenberg, Script Consultant: Julia Silvestri, Assistant Director: Maggie Briggs, Co-Producer: Federica Belletti, Sound Recordist: Xixi Wang, Still Photographer: Omar Kakar, Sound Mixer: Ryan Billia, Colorist: Mikki Crisostomo, Gaffer: Miguel Ortiz, Camera Assistant: Austin Hsieh


Public Film Contact
Joseph Capotorto
Columbia University School of the Arts
Publicity Contact
Joseph Capotorto
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Romance
Screening in: Shorts Program 1
Screening Section: Narrative Shorts Competition
Screening Format: Narrative Short
Country: ["United States"]
Language: American Sign Language, English, Arabic
Runtime: 19:31 mins