As you may already know, the Oscar 2021 winners will be announced on April 25, including winners in the short film categories. One of those categories is Live Action and, starting tomorrow, April 2, you can watch the five live action shorts in competition.
I recently watched them, with my favorite being FEELING THROUGH, the first film ever to feature a DeafBlind actor (Robert Tarango) in a lead role. The short is based on a real life encounter of the film’s director, Doug Roland, with a DeafBlind actor in New York.
FEELING THROUGH is a coming-of-age story that follows Tereek (played by Steven Prescod), as he wanders the streets of New York desperate for a place to crash. He then meets Artie, a DeafBlind man in need of assistance to get to a bus stop. Out of an awkward meeting between strangers emerges a special moment, and a journey that would change Tereek’s life.
The short was executive produced by Academy Winner Marlee Matlin. It is 19 minutes long, in English.
You can buy tickets to watch the 5-short program HERE. Virtual release will be Friday, April 2. If you rather venture out to a big screen, the program will be at multiple theaters starting April 3. Meanwhile, enjoy a 1-minute teaser below!