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Between 2011 and 2013, a series of unusual thefts occurred targeting twelve Southern California high school band rooms with thieves absconding with more than twenty tubas. Using this quirky series of unsolved crimes as a source of inspiration, director and visual artist Alison O’Daniel blends elements of documentary and fiction to create a unique sensory experience that defies categorization.


What happens when sound is no longer present? What shifts in the senses when a marching band loses its booming tonal anchor? This is not a literal story about tubas and thieves, but rather about sound and its absence. Featuring a cast of mostly Deaf actors and told through a Deaf and Hard of Hearing lens, The Tuba Thieves asks its audience to become active participants in this cinematic experience and offers the challenge to engage – and perhaps think – differently.

  • Year
    2023
  • Runtime
    91 minutes
  • Language
    American Sign Language, English
  • Country
    United States
  • Subtitle Language
    English
  • Content Warning
    Adult, Theft
  • Note
    ID: A poster for “The Tuba Thieves” with a pair of hands held up, palms showing, with a muted black and white background behind them.
  • Director
    Alison O'Daniel
  • Producer
    Rachel Nederveld, Alison O'Daniel, Su Kim, Maya E. Rudolph