Deaf Film Camp Performance a Huge Hit at Newseum

Deaf Film Camp campers with performer and ASL translator Rosa Lee Timm. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Deaf Film Camp campers with performer and ASL translator Rosa Lee Timm. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Campers and staff from Deaf Film Camp at upstate New York’s Camp Mark Seven gave a live performance of their recent hit video – an ASL version of Pharrell Williams’s song “Happy” – at the Newseum Oct. 19 in front of an enthusiastic crowd of museum visitors. The video quickly became an Internet sensation when it first appeared on YouTube, and on the day of the Newseum performance, it surpassed 1,000,000 views.

Camp founder and director Stacy Lawrence introduced the performance, noting that the Newseum, as a champion of free expression and the First Amendment, was the perfect venue for the performance, showing that all kids have the right to express themselves freely, in whatever medium they choose.

After the performance, campers posed with the hat Williams famously wore to the 2014 GRAMMY Awards, which is on display at the Newseum through Oct. 26.

 

 

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