Netflix’s coming-of-age documentary “Audible” had its world premier this week at Hot Docs Film Festival, Variety reports.
The film follows Maryland School for the Deaf high school athlete Amaree McKenstry and his close friends through their senior year. The film’s executive producers include actor Peter Berg, the Emmy nominated creator of “Friday Night Lights,” and deaf actor and model Nyle DiMarco, winner of “America’s Next Top Model” and “Dancing With the Stars,” and a deaf community activist.
Director Matt Ogens, whose credits include Emmy winner “From Harlem With Love” and Emmy nominated “Why We Fight,” grew up about 30 miles from the Maryland School for the Deaf, and his best friend since the age of eight is deaf, so he jnows the deaf community through his friend and knows the school.
Ogens focuses on the school’s football team and McKenstry, one of its star players, in particular. “I was trying to capture the teenagers’ point of view, rather than doing something observational from my point of view,” he told Variety. “I wanted to create an immersive audio-visual experience of what it sounds and looks like to be a teenager, and all those high school touchstones – your senior year, the homecoming dance, and sports. And so that semester of high school and that football season gives it a nice narrative arc to ground yourself in, but also, at least in this case, and I think in many cases in sports documentaries, sports can be a great metaphor for life, and more so with these kids – resilience and proving yourself, and the ups and downs of life off the field mirrored the season in a way as well.”