“We want to rock, we want to be heard – through ears and eyes,” states Toby Breitenbach, singer of the band. “And we wanted to give access to our music.”
The project was Max’s final project as part of his film course. He teamed up with Lilja who has worked on various sign language projects prior to this one. She has a great interest in music and sign language and has previously produced material for D-Pan, a Deaf professional artist network in the US.
Being a hearing man, Max faced prejudices with people not believing he could create this piece of work or that it was aimed at too small an audience. Overcoming these doubts, the pair have been able to create a masterpiece which will be the start of many.
Max & Lilja: “This won´t be our last signed project! This was a first test for us as a team and for projects of this kind. We gained a lot of experiences that we now have to evaluate. We allowed ourselves a lot of creative latitude with ‘Waiting’. To try things out, make some mistakes and learn from it.”
Waiting has been nominated in the Best Experimental category at this years Deaffest Film & TV Gala Awards.