Nyle DiMarco is back, back, back again with details on one of his many projects.
The actor, model, and producer took to Instagram this week to reveal some tidbits about his upcoming film project, a 36-minute short documentary that follows a hearing-impaired high school football player as he and his teammates attempt to keep alive the school’s winning streak on the field while also coming to terms with the death of a close friend. The documentary, Audible, follows Amaree McKenstry-Hall at the Maryland School for the Deaf, and will premiere on Netflix later this year. It is also competing in the Hot Docs Film Festival, and the public will be able to purchase tickets to screen beginning March 30.
“Football player Amaree McKenstry-Hall and his Maryland School for the Deaf teammates attempt to defend their winning streak while coming to terms with the tragic loss of a close friend,” DiMarco wrote in a posted, calling the project a “moving coming-of-age story” for graduating deaf students facing the “mounting pressure entering the hearing world” while also battling adversity and discrimination.
DiMarco, who was the first deaf contestant and winner of America's Next Top Model, went behind the camera last year with Deaf U for Netflix. The documentary followed a group of students at Gallaudet University, the nation's premier institution of higher education for deaf and hard of hearing students. DiMarco is a graduate of Galluadet, and served as executive producer for the series.
He's been wearing his producer hat a lot though: there's Look at Me which is a series currently being developed by NBC about a multi-generational deaf family living under one roof, a feature film version of the nonfiction book Deaf President Now! The 1988 Revolution at Gallaudet University, as well as a half-hour comedy about being a deaf man in America that DiMarco is set to star in. In fact, he's been doing so much work as a producer that he launched Clerc Studio, his production company.
Audible is directed by Matt Ogens and produced by Geoff McLean. DiMarco is joined as executive producer by Ogens, Peter Berg, Matthew Goldberg, and Brandon Carroll. The short film will premiere on Netflix later this year.
The Maryland School for the Deaf is considered one of the nation’s leading educational institutions dedicated to educating and nurturing the hearing impaired. In its mission statement, the school describes itself as a “diverse, bilingual community” which “provides an equitable and exemplary education in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment to ensure our students achieve personal excellence and become responsible lifelong learners.”