The following email was written by ADP Steering Committee co-chair Carl Richardson on April 6, 2020, in light of the stay-at-home directives due to Coronavirus. It was updated on May 21 with direct links, minor title corrections, and a few comments by your webmaster ...
While we are at home during these difficult circumstances, it is a good time to take advantage of what all the streaming services have to offer in terms of programming and audio description. Below are a few recommendations. I have tried to pick selections from all of the major streaming services. I also tried to pick new and recent titles.
1. Unorthodox – This is a 4 part show about a young woman who fights for her independence, she is part of the Jewish Orthodox community and leaves it while struggling to find her identity. This show is extremely well done. They use 2 voice narrators to do the audio description as parts of the show are also in Yiddish.
2. Money Heist – This is just a fun show about a gang of international thieves that try to rob the Spanish mint. It is fun to root for the bad guys sometimes. [After you watch it, and not before, check out the documentary on how it was produced and how it became a phenomenon: Money Heist: The Phenomenon. - Fred Brack]
3. [It wasn't available with AD when Carl wrote this, but I'm sure he would have added Breaking Bad. - Fred Brack]
1. Onward – For those of you who have children or those of us who have not grown up, you can’t go wrong with Pixar’s latest title. This is a story about brothers who are elves who go on an adventure with their Dad.
2. Toy Story 4 - All I need to say is “to infinity and beyond”.
Little Fires Everywhere- This show stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. This is based on the best seller of the same name and puts one’s perceptions about class, race, and gender on its head.
CBS All Access
Picard – For those who are Trekkies, this stars Patrick Steward reprising his role as Captain Jean Luc Picard. Engage!
iTunes and Prime Video
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – You can now rent to play or purchase to own the last installment in the Skywalker Saga . May the Force Be With You!
Prime Video for Prime Members
A Quiet Place - If you want to see a movie with virtually no dialogue and all audio description, then check out this film where if you talk and make noise you are in trouble. Good thing it is not reality because I would be a dead man.
Visible: Out on Television – A documentary on the civil rights movement for the gay community. We can all learn from each other.
Co-Chair, Audio Description Project