AUDIBLE is a cinematic and immersive coming of age documentary following Maryland School for the Deaf high school athlete Amaree McKenstry and his close friends as they face the pressures of senior year and grappling with the realities of venturing off into the hearing world. Amaree and his teammates take out their frustrations on the football field as they battle to protect an unprecedented winning streak, while coming to terms with the tragic loss of a close friend. This is a story about kids who stand up to adversity. They face conflict, but approach the future with hope – shouting to the world that they exist and they matter. Director Matt Ogens joins us for a conversation on the project he re-visited over the course of a decade, why it was important that the film me made for the deaf as much as the hearing and the importance that sound played in the making of Audible.
About the filmmaker – Matt Ogens is an award-winning filmmaker known for capturing an evocative visual and narrative aesthetic across a variety of media including documentary, narrative, and branded content. His breakthrough documentary CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO premiered at SXSW to critical acclaim, and he subsequently went on to earn a Primetime Emmy Award for his ESPN 30 for 30, FROM HARLEM WITH LOVE about the Globetrotters. Recent projects include the two-time Emmy-nominated documentary series WHY WE FIGHT, which Ogens created and executive produces, the Emmy-nominated LA LOUVRE, an augmented reality film directed for RYOT and Huffington Post, and two films for the UFC’s 25 YEARS IN SHORT series which was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a Clio. His last feature HOME + AWAY, which follows high school athletes living on the US/Mexico border, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. On the advertising side, Ogens collaborates with top agencies and brands, helming major campaigns, which has garnered several prominent awards including a SXSW Interactive Award, Clios, One Show, and Cannes Lions. Most recently, he directed a Super Bowl campaign for Verizon titled THE TEAM WHO WOULDN’T BE HERE, earning three Cannes Lions, four Clio Awards, a Webby Award, and a One Show Award. Launching in 2021, Matt’s forthcoming Netflix Original documentary AUDIBLE is a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Deaf high school students. The entire film is communicated through sign language. For more go to: mattogens.com