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“This is Ed!!” Directed by Bob Hiltermann

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival 

Fall 2017 Official Selection

This is Ed, Directed by Bob Hiltermann

The comedy short film, This is Ed, directed by Bob Hiltermann is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017.

  • Film Title: "This Is Ed!!"
  • Director: Bob Hiltermann
  • Exec. Producer: Ryan Lane 
  • Runtime: 6 minutes 40 seconds
  • Category: Comedy Short Film
  • Nominations: Best Comedy Short Film, Best Film Editing, Single Funniest Moment
  • Tagline: "This is Ed!!,” is a lighthearted comedy based on a true story, illustrating that the difficulties two deaf friends have communicating with each other, can have a humorous side."
  • Review: "This is Ed, takes the audience into the world of the deaf and with hilarious results. remember folks not all tech no matter how up to date has it positive with out its negatives ."

This is Ed: Film Synopsis

In the summer of 1973, Steve and Ed are best friends living in the same apartment complex, when Ed finds himself in need of Steve to help him out before an important date. A hilarious conversation ensues is a frustrated Ed tries repeatedly to make Steve understand that he desperately needs his assistance. Steve, using broken and outdated hearing aids, is completely clueless to his buddy’s predicament which only leads to frustration for Ed until he reaches the breaking point.

Bob Hiltermann Director's Biography

I was born almost 65 years ago in Wiesbaden, Germany, the 10th of 11 children. Spinal meningitis left me deaf at the age of 4. We moved to Canada when I was 5 years old, making communication even more difficult for me. It wasn’t until I was 18 years old, I left home and went to Gallaudet University, liberal arts university for the deaf and hard of hearing, where I learned American Sign Language, and it changed my life.

I was raised in a family of classical musicians, which inspired my love for music. I gravitated toward rock and roll and learned to play drums. In the 1980s, I became well known for my pioneering work in the award-winning theater, MUSIGN, which toured internationally. Currently, I’m a drummer for the all-deaf rock band "Beethoven's Nightmare" which toured across USA, Canada and Europe. I also play electronic keyboards and synthesizers and I have my own music recording studio.

Bob Hiltermann Actor's Biography


As an actor, I’ve starred in documentary films, TV appearances, soaps, stage productions and feature films. I also produced and starred in the crazy Sign Language educational series "Shut Up and Sign" which is currently circulated in the educational fields.

In 1990, I co-founded Deaf West Theatre, the first professional resident Sign Language theatre in the western half of the United States, which eventually have won more than 80 theatre awards for artistic merit.

These experiences have taught me and inspired me to ultimately becoming a filmmaker. My first short film has just been completed, “This is Ed!!” which I wrote, directed and produced. It will be shown at film festivals and hope to receive recognitions and awards. Currently, I’m working on my next short film and then the third, my goal is to do a feature film.

This is Ed Bob Hiltermann Screenshot 01 Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017

This is Ed: Links and Information

  1. Bob Hiltermann Website | IMDb | Wiki
  2. This is Ed!! Website | IMDb
  3. BeethovensNightmare.com
  4. ShutUpAndSign.com
  5. Deaf West Theatre

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