Well, it happened again. My heart was touched and my soul was moved by a current short film -- a feature that runs only 30 minutes in length. The name of the short film is FEELING THROUGH, tenderly written and directed by Doug Roland. My previous blog post is about the short film called TWO DISTANT STRANGERS. FEELING THROUGH and TWO DISTANT STRANGERS are Oscar nominees in the same category for this coming Sunday's Oscars telecast. Director Doug Roland gave us a half-hour gem. I loved this New York story.
Recently, I watched one of my favorite classic film biopics on cable's TCM (Turner Classic Movies). It was the 1962 movie, THE MIRACLE WORKER. Anne Bancroft, as teacher Annie Sullivan, won the Oscar for Best Actress. Patty Duke, as young deaf and blind Helen Keller, won the Oscar\for Best Supporting Actress. If I held a special theater screening of THE MIRACLE WORKER today, I would show FEELING THROUGH on the program's bill before presenting THE MIRACLE WORKER. The two productions belong together.
The FEELING THROUGH story is simple yet important. It's about human connection. A Black teen named Tereek is hanging out with buddies late one night in New York City. Eventually, they go home but he can't. He's homeless and he texts friends to ask if they can put him up for the night. No luck. It's about 1:00 in the morning and he spots a middle-aged man at a bus stop. The middle-aged man at the bus stop holds up a small sign to a homeless man who is politely asking him for money. The small sign reads: "I am deaf and blind."
Tereek, the teen, approaches and makes contact with the man at the bus stop. The deaf and blind man writes on a notepad that he's waiting for the M15 bus to take him uptown. His name is Artie. Instead of just walking away, Tereek stays and reaches out. "I got you," he says as he sits with and helps the man.