NYWIFT Talks: NYWIFT Goes to the Oscars: ‘Feeling Through’

Join NYWIFT for a screening of the Academy Award Nominee for Best Narrative Short, Feeling Through. Followed by a Q&A with 1st Assistant Director and NYWIFT Member, Catriona Rubenis-Stevens.

Feeling Through, the first film to star a DeafBlind actor, is a coming of age story that follows Tereek, a teen wandering the streets of New York, desperate for a place to crash when he encounters Artie, a DeafBlind man in need of help getting home. From an awkward meeting between strangers emerges an intimate bond, and a journey that forever changes Tereek.

Screening Dates: Film available from Friday, April 16 starting at 9:00AM through Monday, April 19 ending at 12:00AM

Q&A: Monday, April 19 at 4:00pm EST with 1st Assistant Director and NYWIFT Member, Catriona Rubenis-Stevens. Moderated by NYWIFT Board Member, Christina Kiely.

How to See the Film: A personalized link will be sent to each registrant. 

Cost: Free



Catriona Rubenis-Stevens is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, director, and producer currently in development with three feature films. Most recently Catriona worked as a producer for the BBC on Houdini’s Diaries for the History Channel. She directed the short sci-fi film, The Vanished and the short documentary How Much Am I Worth? for The Easterseals’ Disability Film Challenge, with both films winning the Best Awareness grand prize and screening across America at Hollyshorts Film Festival, ReelAbilities and New Filmmakers LA. Her film e.ro.sion, noun screened at over 20 festivals worldwide. Other directing credits include multiple music videos for Giselle and LUX, the web series Speak American, the short film The Path Of Avarice and multiple episodes of the educational video series Maestro’s Magical Music Box. Catriona was also recently commissioned by Speak.a Technology in Hangzhou China to direct and produce over 50 videos for an English language learning app specifically aimed at preschoolers in China to aid them in their study of English. Catriona is an established children’s theater director in New York and New Jersey, directing shows such as The Wizard of Oz, Cats, Oklahoma!, Anything Goes, Hairspray, The Lion King, Oliver and Into The Woods and currently serves as Assistant Director for LUX Performing Arts in Jersey City. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts conservatory program and was also invited to be a member of their prestigious Company Year. She holds a BA in Music and Film from New Jersey City University.

Christina Kiely (moderator) has been producing and directing documentaries for over 23 years. Most recently she wrote and produced ABC News’ first digital documentary series, A Murder On Orchard Street. Kiely also co-produced the accompanying podcast to the seven-part series. In 2004 she was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the ABC News documentary series NYPD 24/7. While at ABC she also produced for the series In the Jury Room and the weekly news magazine Primetime Mondays. Outside of ABC, Christina has produced and directed numerous programs, including the A&E Biography of Yo-Yo Ma, 12 hours of the TLC series Code Blue, the PBS weekly news magazine Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television, as well as various documentaries for the International Labor Organization of the United Nations, including a co-production on migrant farm workers with the PBS series NOW. She recently directed a PSA for Rebuilding Together NYC.

April 19 @ 4:00pm
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (1h)

This program will take place virtually as a webinar via Zoom. Please register in advance, and all registrants will receive a link to attend the webinar the day of the event.

We encourage you to download Zoom in advance.

Free event.



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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.