Independent Lens

The Tuba Thieves

Season 25  Episode 17

What is the role of sound and what does it mean to listen? Hard of hearing filmmaker Alison O’Daniel uses a series of tuba thefts in Los Angeles high schools as a jumping-off point to explore these questions. Through several d/Deaf people telling stories in a unique game of telephone, the central mystery of THE TUBE THIEVES isn’t about theft of instruments; it’s about the nature of sound itself.