Women In Film Speaker Series Presents:


in association with SAG-AFTRA Performers With Disabilities Committee, SIGNmation & Woman of Her Word

October is National Disability Awareness Month. Join our Moderators for an impactful discussion on Inclusion in Film and beyond. 

Michele Spitz - (Woman of Her Word)
is a professional voiceover artist, speaker, philanthropist and advocate ensuring inclusive audience experiences and access to the arts. 

Jo-Ann Dean - (SIGNmation) Producer
is a Producer of New Media, Open Caption Screenings and American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Panels within Film Festivals & Entertainment Industry. CoProducer Turnover. 

Participate in the conversation! 

- How to make your media more marketable by implementing accessible viewing experiences for engagement to additional audiences for all VOD, Broadcast & Theatrical distribution platforms.  Allowing outreach for the Blind & Low Vision Community by Audio / Video Description, and Open & Closed Captioning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. 

- How you can be more inclusive in storytelling, casting, hiring and production both on set and screens. Film clips illustrate Audio Description & Captions from the Award Winning How Sweet the Sound - The Blind Boys of Alabama. Indie Feature Turnover shares inclusivity on set, screen and audience. 
Our Panelists: 

Jamie Brewer - Actor ("American Horror Story" "Turnover")

Antoinette Abbamonte - Antoinette Abbamonte - Actor ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), SAG-AFTRA National Committee of Performers With Disabilities and ASL Director "Turnover."

Linda Palmer
 - Writer/Director/Producer,("Turnover")

Russell Boast - President, Casting Society of America (CSA)

Leslie McCleave - Director/Producer, (HOW SWEET THE SOUND - THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA)


Monday, October 22nd. Doors at 7PM, panel begins at 7:30PM 


West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood, 90069
(located on ground level)

Validated parking available in the five story parking structure (left side of driveway) at
625 N. San Vicente.


ASL Interpretation Provided:

Produced in Association by:


This program is presented with support from the City of West Hollywood, Economic Development Department/Arts Division and the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. For more information, please visit or follow via social media @WeHoArts.