SIGN - a silent film

SIGN is an award-winning short film that tells the story of a relationship between Ben, a hearing man, and Aaron, who is deaf. Directed by Andrew Keenan-Bolger with a screenplay and score by Adam Wachter, SIGN is told through vignettes, music, and sign language.

Inspired to portray an under-explored human experience, Andrew and Adam collaborated with Deaf actors in the New York theatre community, combining Andrew’s passion for visual imagery with Adam’s love of musical storytelling.

The film was shot in a four-day marathon session in multiple locations across New York City, on a set staffed by actors, ASL interpreters, Deaf consultants and many passionate hearing and Deaf volunteers.

SIGN has played at over 50 film festivals worldwide and won 10 major awards. It has distribution through Peccadillo Pictures where it is featured in their popular BOYS ON FILM collection.


NewFest, WINNER Audience Award Narrative Short, 2016

IRIS Prize, WINNER Youth Jury Award, 2016

SHOUT LGBT Film Festival, WINNER Jury Award Best Short, 2016

CMG Short Film Festival, WINNER Audience Award Best Drama, 2016

Out on Film Festival, WINNER Audience Award Best Men's Short, 2016

Boardwalk Film Festival, WINNER Best LGBT Film, 2016

OutReels: Cincinnati, WINNER Audience Choice, 2017

Shropshire Rainbow, WINNER Best International Short Film, 2017

Bluenose Ability Film Festival, WINNER Best Narrative Film, 2017


Directed by: Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Written by: Adam Wachter

John McGinty
Preston Sadleir

Maleni Caitoo
Sydney Morton
Joshua Castille
Garrett Zuercher
Craig Fogel
Melissa Golliday
Tony Sheldon
Jennifer Smith
Ben Mapp
Matthew Bauman
Scott Bixby
Peregrine Heard
Marti Gould Cummings
Jarvis Derrell
Madeline Trumble

Stanley Bahorek, Alex German Beutel, Lalita Chaitoo, Hannah Comedy, Dylan Geil, Jubil Kahn, Carmen Napier, T.J. Newton, Miu Yan Ng, Sienna Rafter, Emily Trumble

Director of ASL and Culture: Alexandria Wailes
Assistant Director of ASL and Culture: Leela Chaitoo
Interpreters: Craig Fogel, Christopher Matthews

Cinematographer and Editor: Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Assistant Director and Line Producer: Neal Hunter Hyde
Color by: Beambox Studio
Colorist: Frederick Trevino
Production Assistant: Raleigh Tyler
Animator: Kevin Sturmer
Costume Designer: Ryan Mark
Makeup Supervisor: Madeline Trumble

Produced by: Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Adam Wachter
Executive Producers: Scott Bixby, Malvina Landen
Producers: Richard Appleby, Craig Fogel, Jennifer R. Fraser
Co-Producers: David Budinger, Chris Holdren, Charles Huffman, Nancy Keegan, Tony Sheldon, Don Voelte
Associate Producers: Stanley Bahorek, Madeline Trumble

Original Score by: Adam Wachter
Orchestrator: Oran Eldor
Mixing Engineer: Chris Abell, Dubway Studios NYC
Conductor: David Gardos
Violin: Justin Smith, Michele Fox
Viola: Will Curry
Cello: Janette Stenson
Bass: Ray Kilday
Piano: Paul Staroba
Guitar: Nate Brown
Flue and Clarinet: Todd Groves
Oboe and English Horn: Keve Wilson
Bassoon and Bass Clarinet: Alden Banta