White Space Poetry Project

Same Page. Same Stage.

An award-winning film, poetry anthology, and community celebrating collaborations between hearing and deaf artists around the world.


White Space (2011) 

9 min 

White Space, our award-winning short film, follows the inner life of a deaf performance poet as he makes his debut at an open-mic for a hearing audience.  Can the language of the heart emancipate the inner voice, transcending the white space between a hearing audience and a deaf man's soul?

Written and Directed by Maya Washington starring Switched at Birth's Ryan Lane with CJ Jones, Zendrea Mitchell, Lester Purry, Byron Washington, Tanya Alexander, Ant Black and Maya Washington.


NOMINATION Outstanding Independent Short Film

 2013 Black Reel Awards 

WINNER Best Short Film

Hollywood Black Film Festival

WINNER Best Short Film

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

WINNER Best in Fest

Co-Kisser Poetry Film Festival

WINNER Best in Category

Co-Kisser Poetry Film Festival

WINNER Indie Soul

Special Recognition Award

Boston International Film Festival

SELECTION Nothing Short of Excellence

ImageNation Showcase of Award-Winning Short Films


Official Selection

Toronto International Deaf Film Festival

Gebärdensprachfilmwoche Berlin

Film Festival

Hong Kong International

Deaf Film Festival

Cinedeaf Italy International Film Festival

Indie Boots Film Festival

Langston Hughes Af Am Film Festival

Hollywood Black Film Festival

Tallgrass International Film Festival

Urbanworld Film Festival

Co-Kisser Poetry-Film Festival

Budapest International Short Film Festival

Martha's Vineyard Af Am Film Festival

Cinema and Civics

Northern Spark Festival

Maine Deaf Film Festival

Minneapolis-St. Paul

International Film Festival

Seattle Deaf Film Festival


Women and Minorities in Media Festival

Boston International Film Festival

Women's International

Film and Arts Festival

Sedona International Film Festival

San Diego Black Film Festival

African American Women

in Cinema Festival

Costa Rica International Film Festival

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival


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