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Deaf Rochester Film Festival collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITDSA-0020

Scope and Contents

The Deaf Rochester Film Festival collection contains a variety of formats documenting the festival from its inception in 2005 to 2011. Promotional materials include posters and clothing (t-shirts, scarf), as well as publications such as postcards, programs, and brochures. There is a large amount of media as well, including DVDs, CDs, and DVD-cams.

10 DVDs added in 2014, presumably for 2013 festival, however unable to play them at time of accession.


  • Creation: 2004-2011

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

In 2005, a small group of volunteers organized the first Deaf Rochester Film Festival (DRFF) in Rochester, New York. The mission of the festival is to:

  • promote and showcase films by Deaf and Hard of Hearing filmmakers
  • showcase films about the Deaf experience
  • encourage analysis and interpretations of Deaf Cinema and Deaf visual aesthetics
  • develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Deaf gaze in light of the diversity of genres, cultures, and styles of filmmaking
  • foster film as a medium for historical preservation of Deaf Culture
  • provide networking opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing filmmakers and others involved in the field
  • inspire future generations of Deaf and Hard of Hearing filmmakers
  • Extent

    9 Linear Feet (2 document boxes, 2 half document boxes, 1 carton, 1 media storage box, 1 short top box, 1 oversize folder)




    The Deaf Rochester Film Festival collection contains planning materials, media, posters, programs, and other promotional material relating to the festival.


    Collection is arranged in by series and chronological order.

    Other Finding Aids

    In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

    Deaf Rochester Film Festival collection

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number(s): 2007:21, 2007:95, 2008:22, 2009:07, 2009:27, 2009:81, 2011:15, 2011:21, 2014:029

    Deaf Rochester Film Festival collection materials were gifted to the Deaf Studies Archive by Patti Durr and Joan Naturale.


    Future accruals are expected. Festival is held every other year.

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011.

    Deaf Rochester Film Festival collection
    RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
    Amy Vilz
    04 October 2011
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA