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Children of a Lesser God's John McGinty Stars in Andrew Keenan-Bolger's Award-Winning Short Film Sign

The short film first premiered at Outfest.

Sign marks Andrew Keenan-Bolger's first collaboration with Adam Wachter.
Sign marks Andrew Keenan-Bolger's first collaboration with Adam Wachter.
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Director Andrew Keenan-Bolger and screenwriter-composer Adam Wachter have announced the digital release of their award-winning short film Sign. The film stars John McGinty, who just opened the first Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God last night.

The short film marks the first collaboration between Keenan-Bolger (Tuck Everlasting, Newsies) and Wachter (ABC's Encore!, Wacky Races). Exclusively using silent vignettes, a musical score, and American Sign Language, Sign tells the story of the relationship between Ben, a hearing man, and Aaron, who is deaf.

The film also stars Preston Sadleir (Next to Normal; The Strangers: Prey at Night), Tony Sheldon (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Sydney Morton (American Psycho, She's Gotta Have It), Maleni Chaitoo (Master of None), Joshua Castille (Spring Awakening), Craig Fogel (Don't Shoot the Messenger), and Jennifer Smith (Anastasia, Tuck Everlasting).

Sign premiered at Outfest in 2016 and has since played in more than 50 festivals worldwide. The short film has won 10 awards at major festivals, making it one of the most decorated short films of the year. It won the Audience Award at Newfest — New York's premiere LGBT festival — Best Narrative Film at the Blue-nose Ability Film Festival, and the Youth Jury Award at the Iris Prize — the world's largest prize for short film.

Watch Sign below. For more information on the short film, click here.

SIGN – a silent film from Andrew Keenan-Bolger on Vimeo.