The Feeling Through Experience, will stream live on the “Feeling Through” YouTube Channel, Thursday, August 13 at 7 p.m. EST. The Feeling Through Experience promotes DeafBlind awareness and authentic DeafBlind representation in media.
The Feeling Through Experience, co-hosted by Full Sail University, made in partnership with Helen Keller Services.
Accessibility includes ASL interpreters, voice interpreters, and live captioning. Audio description and transcript for braille display available upon request (please email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
What is “The Feeling Through Experience”?
Created by Doug Roland, in partnership with the Helen Keller National Center, The Feeling Through Experience is a three-part, fully accessible screening event, which includes the first film to star a DeafBlind actor, followed by a supporting documentary and panel discussion with the DeafBlind community. The short film Feeling Through is also playing as a part of Shorts #1: Grievances.
- PART 1: Feeling Through – (18 minutes)
A coming of age film about the unlikely connection between a teen in need 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 following the journey of making Feeling 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 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:
- – Doug Roland (creator)
- – Robert Tarango (DeafBlind actor)
- – Local members/organizations from the DeafBlind community
How can you attend or participate?
For your free E-Tickets to the Florida Film Festival’s fully accessible live stream of The Feeling Through Experience, co-hosted by Full Sail University, you can register for this free online event here.
Other filmmaker opportunities
In addition to The Feeling Through Experience, the Florida Film Festival will also host several free virtual filmmaker forums to compliment the films featured in the 29th annual event. All filmmaker forums will be available to view on the Florida Film Festival YouTube Channel.
“One of the hallmarks of the Florida Film Festival has always be the incredible support we receive from accepted filmmakers that attend the festival, who provide unique insight into their projects. With all the uncertainty in the world today, we wanted to preserve that experience,” says Programming Coordinator, Tim Anderson. “By collecting over 40 of our filmmakers together through these Zoom sessions, we have the opportunity not only to talk about their work, but to give them the chance to comment on each other’s films without the usual 10-minute Q&A in-person time limits. I think these Filmmaker Forums provide a really unique opportunity this year to allow these artists to even further showcase their projects and provide our audience with an expanded understanding of the filmmaking process.”
2020 VIRTUAL FILMMAKER FORUMS:
Shorts #1 (Publication Date: August 9th)
The FFF is excited to welcome Zachary Grady & Jenn Harris (Island Queen), Doug Roland (Feeling Though), Yi Tang (Black Goat), Brook Trantor & Kate Morgan Chadwick (Oh, Baby!), and Adam Meeks (Union County) to this virtual forum to discuss their 2020 Florida Film Festival competition narrative shorts. Sponsored by: Orlando Film Commission.
Shorts #2 (Publication Date: August 10th)
The FFF i s excited to welcome Quinn Else (Fort Irwin), Talia Osteen (The Shabbos Goy), Bridget Moloney (Blocks) and Beck Kitsis (The Three Men You Meet at Night) to this virtual forum to discuss their 2020 Florida Film Festival competition narrative shorts. Sponsored by: Orlando Film Commission.
Animated Shorts (Publication Date: August 13th)
The FFF is excited to welcome Anna Samo & Lisa LaBracio (The Opposites Game), Anca Valsan (Lizard Queen), Grier Dill (The Message From Space), Ethan Wellin (Destination: Unknown), Frank Volk (Things Happen Because), Greg Yagolnitzer (Walt), Jake Fried (Brain Wave), Zandria Ross (Doll Story), and Bernardo Britto (Hudson Geese) to this virtual forum to discuss their 2020 Florida Film Festival competition animated shorts. Sponsored by: Orlando Film Commission.
Shorts #3 (Publication Date: August 16th)
The FFF is excited to welcome Nicole Delaney (Thirsty), Alex Kavutskiy (Ear Ache), Jessie Kahnweiler (He’s the One), Jennifer LaFleur (Baby Kate) and Matthew Bonifacio & Julianna Gelinas Bonifacio (Master Maggie) to this virtual forum to discuss their 2020 Florida Film Festival competition narrative shorts. Sponsored by: Orlando Film Commission.
Shorts #4 (Publication Date: August 17th)
The FFF is excited to welcome Moira Fett (Practice), Jacob Halpren (Claire at Seven Months), Betsy Kenney & Dara Katz (Tapes), Rachel Harrison Gordon (Broken Bird) and Michael Vukadinovich (The Priest) to this virtual forum to discuss their 2020 Florida Film Festival competition narrative shorts. Sponsored by: Orlando Film Commission.
Filmmaker Spotlight: Ashley Williams – Meats (Shorts #4) (Publication Date: August 17th)
In this special Filmmaker Forum, FFF Programming Coordinator Tim Anderson talks one-on-one with actress turned writer/director Ashley Williams (Something Borrowed, How I Met Your Mother) about her provocative debut short film, Meats. Sponsored by: Orlando Film Commission.
Shorts #5(Publication Date: August 18th)
The FFF is excited to welcome Devon Diffenderfer (Love You Tyler), Tomas Gomez Bustillo & Gewan Brown (Museum of Fleeting Wonders), Kyle C. Mumford (The Door), Tyler Macri (Pond), Kevin P. Alexander (Boys & Toys), Michael Shumway & Lex Hogan (The Last Queen on Earth), and April Nations (Gilt) to this virtual forum to discuss their 2020 Florida Film Festival competition narrative shorts. Sponsored by: Orlando Film Commission.
About Enzian Theater and The Florida Film Festival
Now in its 29th year, the Florida Film Festival is an Oscar®-qualifying festival, premiering the best in current, independent, and international cinema. Through ten days of 170+ films and first-class events, film lovers mingle with filmmakers and celebrities over hand-crafted cocktails and a locally-sourced menu.
Since 1992, Enzian has been the proud host of the Florida Film Festival. As part of its mission to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through film, Enzian presents innovative and original cinematic programming not just during the Festival, but all year long. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-supported arts organization for which ticket revenue accounts for only 25% of its operating budget, Enzian owes its existence to the generosity of fans of film, food, and fun — like you. Enzian.org