Breaking Silence

At the heart of "Breaking Silence" is the ever-evolving relationship between Walker, a deaf father, and his hearing daughter, Leslie, as they build new bonds through their experiences in the criminal justice system. Through personal interviews and father-daughter conversations, the film explores their joint memories of Leslie’s childhood, Leslie’s experience of being a hearing-abled child with deaf parents, the regrets that fuel Walker’s activism, and the traumas Leslie experienced in adolescence triggering her cycle of incarceration. Throughout the film, Walker and Leslie share how imprisonment and re-entry have reshaped their relationship and created new pathways toward advocacy.

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Film Screenings

Credits

Directors:

Amy Bench, Annie Silverstein

Producer:

Monique Walton, Amy Bench

Cinematographer:

Amy Bench

Editor:

Karen Skloss

Sound Designer:

Eric Friend

Music:

William Ryan Fritch

Principal Cast:

Walker Estes, Leslie Estes

Additional Credits:

Additional Camera: Annie Silverstein, Additional Camera: Paavo Hanninen, Supervising Producer: Pamela Torno, Additional Camera: Kelly West

Contact

Publicity Contact:

Monique Walton
mwalton22@gmail.com
5163615641

Details

Primary Entry:
Platinum Badge
Film & TV Badge
Secondary Entry:
Music Badge
Interactive Badge
Film & TV Festival Wristband
Year:

2023

Premiere Status:

Texas Premiere

Genre:

Documentary

Screening in:

Texas Shorts Program

Screening Section:

Texas Shorts Competition

Screening Category:

Documentary Short

Country:

United States

Language:

English with English Subtitles

Runtime:

17 mins