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Signs of the Time for Best Documentary at the 56th Annual New York Emmy® Awards gala held on Sunday, April 14th in New York City. In a night full of glitz and glamour, we settled in to enjoy the evening with hopes running high, but with determination to savor the moment regardless of the outcome. What a thrill it was to then hear our name be called by the presenter, singer/songwriter Judy Collins, in the Documentary category. Caroline Manard, Ray Manard, Don Casper and Jim Hughes walked up to the stage in a bit of a daze to accept the award. Truly it is an honor to see our film be recognized by others in the industry. This film has been a labor of love for everyone involved and this is the icing on the cake. But the excitement of the night did not end there as our film won two more Emmy® Awards. Ray Manard won in the category of Editor: Program and Rob LaVaque won in the category of Musical Composition/Arrangement. A big congratulations goes out to the entire Crystal Pix, Inc. team for their dedication and hard work, and to our talented partners, including Eric McMaster, Jim Hughes and Rob LaVaque, who joined forces with us to make this film a success. For the past year, Signs of the Time has been airing on public television stations across the US, distributed by American Public Television and presented by WXXI-TV right here in Rochester, NY. Let’s raise a glass!

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April 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

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Signs of the Time To Be Broadcast Around The Country

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Signs of the Time makes its North American broadcast premiere starting this spring on public television stations across the country. Produced in high-definition by Crystal Pix, Inc. of Fairport, New York, the film has enjoyed critical acclaim at film festivals across North America and has received “Best Documentary” awards five times. Signs of the Time is presented by WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, New York, and distributed nationally by American Public Television.

Narrated by Academy Award® winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, Signs of the Time, reveals the myth and mystery behind one of the greatest innovations of baseball – umpire hand signals.

The film illustrates stories of inspiration that transcend sports. At the heart of the story are two fascinating characters from baseball’s past – the 19th century deaf ballplayer William “Dummy” Hoy and the father of modern umpires, Bill Klem. The film offers dramatic re-enactments of early baseball and interviews from baseball legends such as Bob Feller, Brooks Robinson, Fred Lynn, and Earl Weaver. It also provides a compelling look into the silent and often misunderstood world of the deaf community. Legendary deaf author Robert Panara commented, “The film’s message of breaking the barriers of communication is what we Deaf people have done throughout life, and the struggle is never-ending. This film, much like its central character Dummy Hoy, is an inspiration to deaf and hearing people alike.”

The television broadcast of the film is closed captioned for the accessibility of all audiences. To find where to watch in your area, contact your local public broadcasting station or click here for more information

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February 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Behind the Scenes Videos

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Here is a three part series of Behind the Scenes mini-docs posted to youtube!

PART 1: Making “Signs of the Time”

PART 2: Bringing History to Life

PART 3: The Journey

Coming soon!  A new site featuring research into the origins of hand signals.  You will be able to browse through actual articles found from the 19th and early 20th century surrounding the creation of hand signals.

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September 26, 2010 at 10:54 am

Signs of the Time DVD now available!

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For the first time we are offering Signs of the Time for purchase on DVD Home Video.

SPECIAL FEATURES: The DVD is packed with special features including filmmaker commentary, many additional interviews with ballplayers that did not make the final film, a production slideshow and 3 Behind the Scenes documentaries.

DVD is exclusively available only through the Signs of the Time webstore.

Order your copy today!

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August 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

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New Teaser Trailer

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So it’s been awhile since my last post.  We’ve been busy organizing festival screenings and developing some new promotional material.  Here is the world premiere of the new 60 second Teaser Trailer:

I plan to update the blog from every festival as we start to screen the film this summer and into the fall.  In addition we are hard at work editing special features and deleted scenes in preparation for a Home Video Release hopefully by the end of the year.. we’ll see…  Stay tuned to the email list and facebook for more festival announcements coming in the near future.  As always all up-to-date screening information is at

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July 31, 2009 at 12:53 am

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West Coast Screening 9/19

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SoCal Independent Film Festival

SoCal Independent Film Festival

SATURDAY 9/19: Rev up for our PURE SPORTS CINEMA TRIPLE FEATURE PREMIERES Expected start time: 11:00AM Exact time TBA.

THE MIND OF THE DEMON: THE LARRY LINKOGLE STORY is the long awaited story of Metal Mulisha co-founder and motocross pioneer, Larry Linkogle.  Special guests, action sports industry pros and motocross legends are expected to be in attendance on this day filled with sports related movies, exhibitions, guests and more! SOCAL RATING: PG

BOARDHEADS celebrates those that board — from surfboards to skateboards to kiteboards to snowboards to alternative board sports.  BoardHeads is narrated by Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) and features the biggest names from the respective board sports including Kelly Slater and Sunny Garcia.  Special Guests expected. SOCAL RATING: PG

SIGNS OF THE TIME is the story and history of the development and use of “signs” in baseball and features hall-of-fame interviews with players and umpires.  This documentary is narrated by Richard Dreyfuss. Special Guests will be in attendance.

The SoCal Independent Film Festival is organized by experienced industry professionals and takes place in Southern California’s beautiful Huntington Beach.  Named as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 20 Festivals worth the entry fee, the SoCal has award winning movies and screenplays; industry speakers; professional workshops; Q&As with directors and actors; special guests; a professional panel of jury members and screeners; volunteer opportunities; and scores of film watching attendees.

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July 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm

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Signs of the Time has been selected to be screened during the Hardacre Film and Cinema Festival August 7 & 8 in Tipton, Iowa.  The festival showcases films from around the world including features, short subjects, documentaries, experimental films, and animated films. The festival also often features live entertainment and takes place during Tipton’s Ridiculous Days event.  The festival is held annually in Tipton’s historic Hardacre Theater, a locally operated movie palace that has been in operation since 1917 and continues to showcase first-run films daily.

Visit for all current information on screening venues, times and ticket information.

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July 13, 2009 at 12:27 am

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