From the website: In 2013, Stacy Lawrence conceived, directed and raised funds for our first Deaf Film Camp for deaf teenagers. For two weeks every July since then, deaf and hard-of-hearing children from all corners of the globe have learned how to write, shoot and direct their own video productions under the tutelage of professional deaf filmmakers, animators and screenwriters from around the world! The 2014 camp culminated in the wildly successful Happy video, which to date has received almost 1.5 million YouTube hits.
As the mother of a teenager and preteen, she firmly believes that art supports each child’s well-being, and brings out the best in each child. Although Stacy always wanted to learn how to make films when she was younger, she was denied the opportunity to learn – just because she was deaf! She is determined that today’s deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers be granted the full access and ability to learn how to create films from bright, talented and accomplished instructors.