The Tuba Thieves

Filmmaker Alison O’Daniel in person, in conversation with Jim Lebrecht after the film!

Deaf filmmaker Alison O’Daniel came across a news report about the unsolved theft of tubas at a number of Los Angeles high schools. She wondered how the students would be able to practice without an instrument. This became the starting point for a visual poem about how people across the deafness spectrum experience sound.

The Tuba Thieves does not only tell the story of the theft, but uses the event as a central thread for an associative tour of a city filled with sound. We see the impact of aircraft noise on residents, and how instruments can connect hearing and deaf musicians. We become part of a world where sound and silence are reframed for all audiences.

1h 32m
Alison O’Daniel
American Sign Language, English & Spanish
First Showing
May 5, 2024
  • Assisted Listening
  • Open Caption
  • Audio Description


Sunday, May 5, 2024 1:00 PM
Location Big Roxie

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