SPEECH BY: Siân Heder


Oh, my God.  I'm so glad I dressed as a disco ball.  Oh, my God. 


This was an independent film, and it was incredibly hard to get made, so I want to thank my team.  Doug.  I want to thank my producers, all of you, for believing in me and how I wanted to make this movie. 


I want to thank Sundance for starting this journey.  I want to thank Apple for being amazing partners on this ride.  Writing and making this movie was truly life changing as an artist and as a human being. 


I want to thank all of my collaborators in the deaf community and the CODA community for being my teachers; Ann and Alexandria for bringing my words to life in this beautiful cinematic language.  I want to thank my entire crew.  I want to name you all.  Paula, Geraud, Marius, Mick.  Dave, Joe.  Oh, my God.  Diane, all of you.  My incredible cast.  Emilia, Marlee, Troy, Daniel, Ferdia, Amy, you guys are incredible.  You're my family.


And I want to thank my real-life family.  My mom and dad are here, somewhere up there.  My sister, Thyra.  You guys are artists.  You made me an artist.  You made me make things.


My husband David, I couldn't do this without you.  It's so hard to be a director and a mom, and you make it possible. 


And my kids, Nico and Milo.  I love you guys so much.  I love you forever. 


And Heather.  And Heather.

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