“Human Actually” is an invitation to self-actualize. Join us as we dive into our human needs, visualized through five short films and themed conversations.

The world is changing after the pandemic. The question on our minds is: Do we want to go back to the way things were?

Or do we want to collectively create a new, better future?

As a social impact organization, Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) is always looking at what’s going on in the world and how it impacts the Deaf community. The pandemic made it clear that there are social issues that must be addressed, and that change always begins with the self.

We asked five Deaf filmmakers to create a short “computer screen” film, each with a theme around a specific human need. The films were made during the pandemic and they were filmed remotely or socially distanced. For some of the filmmakers, they worked with cast and crew overseas during this production!

We also asked National Deaf Therapy and Melmira to partner with us in expanding this conversation to offer more nuanced views in the journey to self-actualization.

We’re all #HumanActually.


Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

We looked to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a model to support this conversation as we explore our human needs. Please watch National Deaf Therapy’s video expanding on this concept.

Human Actually: NDT Intro Video


The Team Behind This Campaign

Jeremy Lee Stone, Hypernovas Productions (Jules Dameron and Josh Castile), Hearts Productions, LLC. (Dickie Hearts), Angry Deaf People Productions (Charlie Ainsworth and Andrew Morill), and Bim Ajadi – Filmmakers

National Deaf Therapy and Melmira – Campaign Partners

Bus Door Films, Film Technical Support and Trailer

DJ Nicar, Trailer Sound Design

Youmee Lee, Brand and Design

Samuel Sandoval, Don Cullen, and Topher Myers, Website

Amelia Hamilton, Social Media and Design Support

Michelle Morris, Personality Quiz Development and Video

Kriston Pumphrey, Vodcast Coordinator

Lore Ameloot, IC Coordinator

Molly McGuigan, Emails

Leila Hanaumi, Campaign Director

Jessica Ellison, CSD Marketing Director

Jimmy Linares , CSD Creative Director

Amanda Whyrick and Logan Walsh, CSD IT Support

Maria Wilson, Jessica Kennedy, and Robert Siebert, CSD Legal Support

Rosa Lee Timm, CSD Chief of Marketing Officer

Christopher Soukup, CSD Chief Executive Officer