Right from the start I knew that
I wanted to cast a deaf-blind actor.
I felt like this is my dream coming true.
That I'm sitting here in this room auditioning for a movie.
It's about bringing the deaf-blind community
and other communities together in a physical space
for us to all dialogue together and learn together.
Some of the change we hope to enact
in rolling this film out
and being able to show it in a lot of places
is also bringing greater awareness around accessibility.
Welcome to this wonderful day.
Helen Keller's birthday
and this special event.
We've wanted to really bring
accessibility to the next level
so that everyone can experience this.
It's not only important to provide
experience that are accessible to everyone
but also there are a lot of people
that want to go and attend
if you create that level of accessibility for them.
I am deaf-blind.
The film was wonderful.
And I foresee great success
with this amazing film.
As I was watching the film
I felt like it validated my experience.
I'm honored to be here.
But it's actually not a film about deaf-blindness.
It's actually a film about human connection.
We all need human connections.
It doesn't matter where we come from
or our abilities.
I think not only is it a great film
but it's a model for other filmmakers
on how to make films about underrepresented people.
I thought the movie was great.
Robert, can you tell everyone
how your life has changed
now that you are a huge movie star?
I'm humbled and I look at it and I'm like
wow, I feel really really good.
for being the first deaf-blind person
to play a leading role in a short film
your inspirational performance is a testament
to the diversity of talent
among people who are deaf-blind.