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About these movies and our involvement

This is the first time in the history of movie making that open captioned movies are being offered for sale for the benefit of the public. Hollywood has ignored this market sector for far too long and we're tickled pink to have to the opportunity to help change that.

Let me explain - this is our tenth year marketing Special Interest Videos - from Better Parenting to Social Issues; Children to Seniors; Health & Fitness to Sports & Adventure and everything (mostly anyway) in between. Really haven't had much to do with movies. That changed when I met Bill Stark at one of the many Library Conventions at which we exhibit.

Bill is the Director of the Captioned Media Program (CMP - www.cfv.org), part of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD - www.nad.org) and funded by the US Department of Education. While negotiating the rights to some videos he was interested in, Bill mentioned the difficulty he was having getting any respect from Hollywood (he actually said they turned a "deaf ear" towards him :-).

Never being one to pass up an opportunity (especially one that would allow me to kick open some doors in Hollywood), I told Bill that I'd look into the matter.

It turns out that one of our best clients has substantial contacts for movies. I let them know about the 28 million deaf and/or hard of hearing people in the US. Also told them about the millions of people learning to speak English and learning to read and to improve their literacy skills in schools and homes across the country. In all, over 50 million people whose educational and entertainment needs were largely underserved.

We set about the daunting task of locating movies and submitting them to Bill for consideration. Needless to say, Bill was delighted that he finally found someone who could and would help him in his quest to provide easily and properly accessible entertainment.

Anyway, the CMP licenses the programs from us and oversees the captioning thereof which must conform to the rigid Guidelines imposed by the US DOE. Once the movies are captioned, the CPM has the right to make 250 copies of each and is required, by an Act of Congress, to make them available to registered deaf individuals on a free loaner basis. sivideo.com has the right to market the movies to the rest of the world including but not limited hereto: Academic & Public Libraries; Consumers; Organizations; Retailers; Broadcasters and all others.

Our primary objective is to insure that open captioned movies are readily accessible to all that have the need or the inclination. We want to get them into mainstream Academic & Public Libraries and in Video Stores where anyone will be able to borrow, rent or buy them.

We need all the help we can get spreading the word. Here's how you can help: the next time you're in a Public Library or Video Store, ask if they have any of "those open captioned movies I've been hearing about". And if they don't know what you're talking about, give them our web address - sivideo.com - I'll be glad to fill them in (a few sales wouldn't make me mad either). Ask your friends and family to do the same.

Thanks for visiting and don't hesitate to contact me personally with any questions you may have. You're welcome to offer suggestions or criticism. Send us your Wish List. We want to provide you with the kind of programming you want.

About the criticism part, be kind and go easy on me. I'm Italian and very sensitive. Stan

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* Our captions follow the Guidelines issued by the National Initiatives Team,
Office of Special Education Program, United States Department of Education.

Stan Nicotera - E-mail: stann@sivideo.com
Special Interest Video Sales Group, PO Box 968, Englewood, FL 34295
Phone 941-473-2601 Fax 941-473-2701
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Copyright pertains to the Captioned Version of all these movies with the US DOE Guidelines.
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