Competition Narrative Feature
Directed by: Anna Baumgarten
USA, 2021, 100m
In English and American Sign Language with English subtitles
East Coast Premiere
Jane just doesn’t seem to have it together. Once a bright student, now she can’t even complete her senior year of college. Returning home to her family’s lake house, she spends the summer slowly coming to terms with the trauma that derailed her final year. Jane, who studies speech, decides to use her time constructively by doing an independent study on her friend’s speech patterns. In doing so, she discovers that her friend’s two-year-old daughter is deaf. Seeing an opportunity to do something positive, she offers to teach the girl sign language. But even with these new projects in her life, how can Jane get back to normal—and what constitutes “normal” in the first place? Executive produced by Jim Cummings (“Thunder Road,” FFF 2016) and Danny Madden (“(notes on) Biology,” FFF 2012), Disfluency is an expansion of director Anna Baumgarten’s award-winning short film. It is a profound and moving story for all the women and men who have second-guessed themselves, the ones who have stayed silent, and those who have found their voice.