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UCLA hosts official LA premiere of “The Feeling Through Experience”

Two people sitting side-by-side on a bench.

A series of film screenings, the Feeling Through Experience was a fully accessible 90-minute, 3-part event made in partnership with the Helen Keller National Center. It included the short film Feeling Through, the first film ever starring a DeafBlind actor and was accompanied by a documentary about the making of the film. It also included a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Doug Roland, and DeafBlind actor, Robert Tarango.

An image of Feeling Through. A side profile of a Black male. On the lower right end two men sit side by side on a bench.

THE FILM

After a late-night chance encounter with a DeafBlind man on a New York City street, writer/director Doug Roland wrote the award-winning short film, Feeling Through. Doug knew from the start he wanted to cast a DeafBlind actor to star, so he partnered with Helen Keller Services to realize that mission.

Two people sitting side-by-side on a bench.

THE EXPERIENCE

Part 1: Feeling Through
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
A documentary following the journey of making Feeling Through and the search for the DeafBlind man who inspired it.

Part 3: Engaging the Community
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.