THIS IS NORMAL is about a young deaf* woman named Gwen who undergoes an experimental medical procedure that is supposed to "cure" her of her deafness and give her the ability to hear. Despite the controversy, Gwen risks her friends, culture, and identity to discover the answer to the question, "Is it worth giving up who you've BEEN for the 'maybe' you could BECOME?"
Written/Directed by: Justin Giddings & Ryan Welsh
Starring: Ryann Turner, Russell Harvard, Molly Burnett, Lexi Marman, Amy Lyndon, Michael Anthony Spady, Perry Thomas and Jamie Elvey
*To our Deaf audience: we chose "deaf" over "Deaf" because Gwen does not self-identify with the Deaf culture due to her mainstreaming/oralist upbringing. Part of the film is exploring the conflict of embracing a Deaf identity or abandoning it completely.