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Thin Lines

Leah's life doesn't seem to have a meaning anymore, feeling trapped in her own silence until she meets Noah, a cheerful creator and Deaf man who opens her eyes to a new way of living her life.

  • Shaan Couture
  • Shaan Couture
  • Thierry Denis
  • Jon Savage
  • Yamee Couture
    Key Cast
  • Christopher DeSouza
    Key Cast
  • Alix C. Duchene
  • Stephen Scavulli
    Director of Photography
  • Hugo Boccara
    Music Composer
  • Jeff Litzman
    Sound Mixer
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    33 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    American Sign Language, English
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  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • The Women's Film Festival
    United States
    March 15, 2017
  • The Deaf Rochester Film Festival
    United States
    March 26, 2017
    WINNER: Best Cinematography
  • San Diego Film Awards
    San Diego
    United States
    December 31, 2017
    WINNER: Best Cinematography, Best Actress
  • Cannes Short Film Corner
    May 25, 2017
  • Festival Clin D'Oeil
    July 6, 2017
  • 2017 Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase
    Fort Worth
    United States
    July 21, 2017
  • Chelsea Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 15, 2017
    New York
    WINNER: Best Actress
  • Lake Charles Film & Music Festival
    Lake Charles
    United States
    October 27, 2017
  • CineDeaf
    November 15, 2017
  • Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
    November 24, 2017
    March 24, 2018
    WINNER: Best Medium-length film
  • Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival
    United States
    September 28, 2018
    WINNER: Best Actress WINNER: Honorable Mention
  • Austin Indie Festival
    Austin, TX
    United States
    October 7, 2018
    WINNER: Best Long Short Film
  • The Lift-Off Sessions - Pinewood Studios

    May 20, 2019
Director Biography - Shaan Couture

Originally from France, Shaan is a director/producer based in New York, NY, after residency in Montreal, QC, and San Diego, CA. With a B.A. in Sociology, and a master in Communication (specializing in emotional and non-verbal communication), Shaan has always been passionate about human interactions and creating visual content.

With an advertising agency background, Shaan co-founded WediaWix in 2011, a film production company that allows her to produce her own projects that mainly range from documentaries to short films and music videos.

Shaan is a true globetrotter always carrying her cameras as she's also a documentary shooter. She speaks 5 languages, including sign language that she recently learned for her awarded short film "Thin Lines" (which was also her first narrative).

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Director Statement

This is the story of a French young woman, Leah, who lives in San Diego, CA, and who is going through a rough time. She’s bored, she’s depressed, and she doesn’t feel alive. One night, under unexpected and fragile circumstances, Leah meets Noah, a young Deaf man. Noah’s state of mind is her contrary – he’s full of creativity, optimism, and positive energy. The two of them end up spending a lot of time together, learning from each others' worlds and passions: Noah likes to draw, and Leah likes to sing. To communicate, all methods are allowed, from body language to ASL, but also lip reading, and eye contact. The more they get to know each other, the more Noah and Leah feel connected.

Thin Lines is about two people that decide to open their minds to someone else’s world, which in return fulfills their own. This film aims at showing that when we are curious and open-minded towards others, we not only connect as social beings but we also make our own world richer. No matter what our own challenges are, we can always find ways to relate to the person in front of us. There are many ways one can exchange and communicate, and like Leah and Noah, humans must create bridges to each other’s perceptions. In Thin Lines, Noah forces Leah to venture in new forms of communication, which opens her mind to a completely different side of her life and emotions.

Since this film is about people of different worlds connecting, I wanted the whole production and philosophy of the film to be representative of this idea. The team in front and behind the camera was (and still is) composed of individuals who share this vision. From our various cultural background, experiences, ages, skills, strengths and weaknesses, we represent diversity coming together to create something great, something human.

In the example of this film, the different worlds are the hearing and the non-hearing, but the same morale can be applied to race, religion, or any other excuse that has ever been created to separate us as human beings.

With the idea of authenticity and equal opportunity in mind, I selected a French-American actress to play LEAH and an American Deaf actor to play NOAH. In addition to that, I have emerged myself into the San Diego Deaf community this year, which lead me to meet Jon Savage, a Deaf actor and visual artist. Since we became great friends, I learned ASL and met new leaders of the Deaf community like Nyle DiMarco and Chase Burton (and many others). Jon became as much passionate as I am about this project, and acted as a producer and acting coach during the shoot.