D-PAN (DEAF PROFESSIONAL ARTS NETWORK)
DEAF PROFESSIONAL ARTS NETWORK
“FIREFLIES” (OWL CITY)
September 2, 2013
D-PAN, or better known as Deaf Professional Arts Network, is dedicated to promoting professional development and access to the entertainment, visual, and media arts fields for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. HIP Video Promo is excited to present D-PAN’s powerful rendition of the track “Fireflies,” written and performed by Owl City.
Everything D-PAN does begins with one fundamental question—How can we make the greatest positive impact on people’s lives? The institution believes that the current initiative, as well as those they will be launching in the near future, will be beneficial to the deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities alike. The programs D-PAN offers genuinely help those who are hard of hearing experience the benefits of audio, visual, and media arts.
One of HIP Video Promo’s most talented musicians, Sean Forbes, is the co-founder of D-PAN and one of the many featured artists that have reached out and helped D-PAN organize a proficient plan for inspiring the hard of hearing. As a deaf rapper and artist, his music has produced a large fan following that opens a wide array of doors for deaf music fans. Amongst musical artists, D-PAN has promoted a multitude of poets, film majors, and many other artistic professionals, and this fall they will release “It’s Everybody’s Music Volume II,” a DVD featuring five unreleased American Sign Language music videos, a few community videos, and the making of a documentary.
In the following video clip, we get to experience the creative phenomenon that exists behind American Sign Language. The children throughout the scenes of “Fireflies” were all part of the camp for hard of hearing/ASL kids. Each lyric is performed through the art and creativity of sign language, and what better way to express this talent than through music? Influencing those who are hard of hearing throughout the entire world, “Fireflies” captivates music lovers of every genre, no matter what they can or cannot hear.
We communicate through actions, through speaking, and by listening. But what happens when we can’t understand something by using one of these senses? That’s where music becomes so important, and those involved with D-PAN know exactly what we mean. For more information on this inspiring new video, please contact Andy Gesner and the HIP Video Promo staff at (732)-613-1779 or email us at [email protected]. You can also visit www.D-PAN.org for more info on D-PAN.