The Feeling Through

Experience

The Feeling Through Experience is a 90 minute, 3-part screening event made in partnership with the Helen Keller National Center to entertain, inform, and connect.

PART 1: Feeling Through - (18 minutes)

  • A coming of age film about the unlikely connection between a teen without a home and a DeafBlind man. It is the first film ever to feature a DeafBlind actor in a lead role.

PART 2: Connecting the Dots - (24 minutes)

  • A documentary follow in the journey of making through and the search for the DeafBlind man who inspired it.

PART 3: Engaging the Community - (45 minutes)

  • An integral part of The Feeling Through Experience is bringing the DeafBlind community and other communities together in one space to discuss the films’ various themes as well as topics related to the DeafBlind community.

    This portion of the event includes a panel discussion and Q&A with:

    Through the power of storytelling, Feeling Through Experience promotes DeafBlind awareness and authentic DeafBlind representation in media.

We are currently on a national screening tour and are also available for international screenings.

Contact us at feelingthroughfilm@gmail.com for interest.

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Director's Statement:

While on my way home late one evening in August 2011 in New York City, I encountered a man standing on a deserted street corner holding a sign that read, “I am deaf and blind and need help crossing the street.” Over the next hour, I got to know this man, Artemio, while we sat and waited for his bus. He’d write in his notebook and I’d respond by tracing letters on his palm. When his bus finally arrived, Artemio and I embraced, and his warmth was so genuine that I felt like I was saying goodbye to a dear friend.

Artemio left a lasting impression on me, not merely because he was the first DeafBlind person I had ever met, but, even more so, because he was a kind, charismatic person with whom I felt a mutual bond. I was immediately inspired to write Feeling Through, about the unlikely connection between a teen without a home and a DeafBlind man, but it would be seven years until I aligned with the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) – a partnership that allowed me to tell this story with the authenticity it deserves.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with HKNC to learn about the community and to cast a DeafBlind actor in a lead role (a film-history first). Ultimately, though, Feeling Through is not a film about DeafBlindness. The sum total of Feeling Through—and the powerful experiences and meaningful relationships that created it—comes down to a simple understanding: our capacity to connect transcends our differences.

-Doug Roland (Director)