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Former Dancing with the Stars champion Nyle DiMarco’s Oscar-nominated short documentary, Audible, sheds light on the deaf community

HOLLYWOOD — A former Dancing with the Stars champion is part of an Oscar-nominated film.

Nyle DiMarco is an Executive Producer on the documentary film Audible. The film takes you to the Maryland School for the Deaf, home of one of the country’s high school championship teams.

DiMarco and director Matthew Ogens are both from Maryland, and Ogens knew there was a story there.

“It actually took me 12 years to finish, and I went back to school every year,” Ogens said. “Lots of different partners and starts and maybes and nos and it was just the number one project for me that I kind of couldn’t let go.”

The film focuses on Amaree, one of the team’s star players.

“I think our initial goal with this documentary was to really show that deaf people are pretty much like everyone else, right? We have the same problems. We’re all just trying to understand ourselves, aren’t we?” said DiMarco.

The film also deals with the suicide of a former classmate named Teddy who had transferred to a different high school where he was notable for being deaf.

“It’s kind of a cautionary tale about what can go wrong if you don’t involve people and if you bully people,” Ogens said. “I don’t want to speak for Teddy and say that that was all that was going on in his life, but that was certainly part of it.”

“Just a fun fact: deaf people are actually the creators of the huddle. It dates back to the 1950s when deaf people started playing soccer against other teams and wanted to make sure their moves weren’t visible,” DiMarco said.

What’s on display in the Oscar world this year is American Sign Language, in both Audible and the feature film CODA. We also see sign language in the Japanese film Drive My Car.

“We’ve never seen anything like this in the history of the Oscars and I’m so thrilled,” said DiMarco. “I think this is an exciting moment for all of us and it would be absolutely groundbreaking news if we took home the award. However, I think no matter what happens in the future, we’re going to have a deeper dive into stories about the community because I think what we’re standing on right now is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Audible is now streaming on Netflix.

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