Oscar Contender Breaks Ground by Casting Deafblind Actor

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Writer-director Doug Roland is Oscar-nominated for his live-action short “Feeling Through,” which features a deafblind character — played by a deafblind actor, a first for moviemaking.

The 18-minute film depicts homeless youth Tereek (Steven Prescod) encountering deafblind Artie (Robert Tarango), who holds a sign saying he needs help getting to a bus stop.

In a group discussion with his two actors and exec producer Marlee Matlin, Roland says, “It’s not a film about deafblindness, it’s about the power of human connection that happens to include characters from two very different walks of life.”

After watching the film, Matlin immediately signed on, saying, “It was a no-brainer.” She adds, “It was important for me to be part of the team … and I learned a lot about the deafblind community.”

That’s an impressive tribute from the actress who has been a tireless activist for disability rights since winning the best actress Oscar for the 1986 “Children of a Lesser God.”

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