«SWING! The Life of a Secret» is a fresh, dynamic film with a plot full of twists. It was designed to be the first inclusive feature film from the start, from script-writing to distribution.
An eye-opening anecdote
People are usually motivated by personal experience as a catalyst for universal change. Miguel Ángel Font Bisier admits he is not an agent of change who has personally been affected by any disability either through family members or his social bubble.
No, his defining moment was a result of a meeting with a deaf attendee at a film festival in San Diego 10 years ago. Admittedly, due to budget constraints and not thinking it would be selected for festival content, he had decided to shoot the film more as video art, abundant with visuals, few sound effects and complimenting music.
An unconscious bias exists towards the deaf, blind and disabled community among cinema enthusiasts.
How many of us have gone to the cinema to watch a film that included subtitles for audience members who were hearing impaired? Were you annoyed with the whispers of their companions trying to explain what was happening throughout the film? Further, have you ever seen a visually impaired person at the cinema? Personally, I have not.
Film is a magical chest from which anything can spring.
The life of Valencian film director, scriptwriter and researcher Miguel Ángel Font Bisier (January 1987), is marked by a constant personal and professional evolution.
- Note: all the below-linked videos feature English subtitles.
Miguel Ángel attended the German School of Valencia and later received his bachelor’s degree in Audio-Visual Communication from the University Cardenal Herrera CEU. Concurrently, he had been playing the violin for 20 years, which triggered his passion for the arts.
His fluency in English, Spanish, German, Italian, Valencian and Spanish Sign Language allows him to easily coordinate local, national and even international productions.