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Talk to the Hands (A Prologue)

When Annie falls in love, at the first sight, with AJ at a local cafe, she wasn't expecting the whole new culture and adventure that would come with it. Annie finds out soon enough that AJ is a very attractive gentleman that happens to be...Deaf.

As all relationships are based on communication, Annie and AJ go through many trials and obstacles while trying to understand each other in different languages and ways of communication. Not counting also with their own, long time friends and roommates, Hank and Emma, who don't approve of their relationship.

Their worst probation still comes when Emma asks her boyfriend Oscar, to help Kurt, her friend who has a crush on Annie, to get his chance with her.

With the roommate and friends evil plan to separate the deaf guy from the hearing girl, Annie and AJ have to find what will take to overcome their cultural, (dis)ability and language differences. ​​

  • Katia Belas
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  • Katia Belas
    This is Ed!!, Domestic Violence, DUI, When Cupid Dances...
  • Miles Barbee
    Key Cast
    This is Ed!!, Spring Awakening on Broadway
  • Reb Johnson
    Key Cast
  • Eddie Buck
    Key Cast
  • Lydia Hooker
    Key Cast
  • Chris Law
    Key Cast
  • Paul Kennedy Jr.
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Romance, Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 14, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    American Sign Language, English
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Accolades Film Competition

    United States
    No Screenings
    Nominee Women Filmmaker / Nominee Short Film
  • Omni Prize for the Arts: Film Festival
    Ottawa, IL
    United States
    September 7, 2018
    Nominee Best Film
  • The Cump Film Festival

    Official Selection
Director Biography - Katia Belas

Katia Belas graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Federal University of Rio De Janeiro Brazil. While in Brazil, she was invited to assist the producer of Brazilian Singer Elaine Guedes for her concert at the Municipal Theatre of Niteroi, RJ as well as the producer of Ricky Martin's concert on Feb. 2nd, 1997, in Rio De Janeiro. She came to America to improve her skills in film producing by taking a certificated program of courses in Film and TV at UCLA Extension, which has led her to Internships in TV and Film productions such as Crush (2000) from USA Network, Jane Bond (2001), a short film from Trillion Entertainment (Raleigh Studios). Katia's experience has also afforded her the opportunity to work in the production offices of Lynda Obst (Lynda Obst Productions), based out of Paramount Pictures, and in the personal office of Executive Producer Dan Halsted (Halsted Pictures). More work and IMDb credits:

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Director Statement

This is an excerpt of the first feature I have ever produced, first feature ever directed and to add to the challenge of being the first it was done all in improv method, using 4 cameras and in 2 languages, one of them I have very little knowledge of (American Sign Language). It was a work of passion and devotion. I'm super grateful for all the cast and crew who worked so hard to make it happen. I really hope you all enjoy it!