A spate of robberies in Southern California schools had an oddly specific target: tubas. In this work of creative nonfiction, d/Deaf first-time feature director Alison O’Daniel presents the impact of these crimes from an unexpected angle. Blending documentary and fictionalized performances and set to an L.A. landscape/soundscape never quite seen before, this film explores a dimensional experience of deafness and reorients the audience auditorily in an unfamiliar and exhilarating way.
The Tuba Thieves is intended to be screened to mixed hearing, hard of hearing and d/Deaf audiences. In order to accommodate all of our audience members, this film always screens with Open Captions, and can also be experienced with Audio Descriptions.