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Director/producer Sarah Michaelson had a vision about how to bring Calvin’s story to life on screen. She wanted it to be something that many different people could enjoy in the same space, which meant creating a brand new type of film. She gathered a team of artists and storytellers that combined many different elements into…
Today I spoke with a group of people at Community Connections Life, an amazing place that serves people with developmental disabilities and dual diagnoses in Westchester County, NY. Each participant was invited to watch the Calvin Can’t Fly ASL Storybook on their own time a couple of days before we all met up over Zoom on their “Happy Chat Show.” The…
A word from the Director: We met John Erickson several years ago at a neighborhood church where he’s the pianist. We were instantly enamored with his soulful sound. Described as a jazz player with a love for pop music, John is known for his lyrical, understated style. When John agreed to help us score the…
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Janella Mele, soulmate of Calvin, is breaking the mold internationally by being the Artist in Residence in Tampica, Mexico at the Galleria Monet. Like Calvin, she stays true to who she is. Many years ago, before it was in fashion, she relayed to me these wise words: "you be you, dude." Go, Janella!
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Susan Nussbaum. As an artist and activist, she empowered people with disabilities, especially women.
Calvin Can't Fly's voice actor and co-producer Michael Herzovi had the pleasure of working with Susan and wrote these words to commemorate her life:
I knew Susan Nussbaum only casually, but our paths crossed from time to time. In the early days, I met her when I was audio describing for theater. She was sharp and smart, and also stern. Some years later I auditioned for her. She was directing "The History of Bowling" by Mike Ervin. After I finished, she looked at me and said, “Why haven’t I seen you before?” She always talked to me like I was a worldly theater artist and activist, like her. I hope that I am living up to that. What Susan and people like her did made it possible for me and people like me to do what we do.
We are so excited to be partnering with Easterseals Crossroads, The Indiana Association of the Deaf, the Indiana School for the Deaf and The Indianapolis Public Library for this Calvin Can't Fly - An ASL Storybook Event, Sunday, September 25th at 2:00 pm!