‘The Tuba Thieves - Alison O'Daniel’

8 Apr.'24
- 19:00

The Tuba Thieves will be screened extra muros at Cinema Galeries.

​​​​​​​In late 2011, a rash of tuba thefts began from high schools across Southern California. Alison O’Daniel was curious about the tuba players, imagining them in class, empty-handed, bored, listening and wondered how the band sounded without its lowest sounding instrument. Before the thefts were even finished, she decided to make a film called The Tuba Thieves. Instead of focusing on the thieves, she used the act of listening as a storyline. The Tuba Thieves radically shifts the use of subtitles and captions by considering them as a third narrative space equal to visuals and sound. O’Daniel won the Best Feature Sound Design Award during the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

Alison O'Daniel is a filmmaker and visual artist. She has screened and exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. She is a United States Artist 2022 Disability Futures Fellow and a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow and was included in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

She is also an Assistant Professor of Film at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


  • The film will have an introduction in English, which will be interpreted in International Sign Language.
  • The film itself will use English Closed Captions. 
  • At the event, the audience will be asked to inflate a balloon to give a sensory experience through vibrations of sound. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Practical information


Cinema Galeries

Galerie de la Reine 26 1000 Brussels


  • English
  • Subtitles: English