IDAHO — A film by Idaho artists and Boise State students named “Making Sense” is finally getting a chance to debut in the Boston SciFi Film Festival starting Thursday.
The film was supposed to make air at the Sun Valley Film Festival last year, but it was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
“Making Sense” is an independent feature film based on what is called “neuroplasticity” or the brain's ability to compensate for a missing sense.
This film is unique because it features actors with disabilities who are also playing characters facing the challenge of missing one of the five senses.
“Each of the characters in the movie lack one of the main senses,” actor Miguel Ayala.
Ayala is a Boise State graduate with cerebral palsy and he plays Max Romero in the movie
“Max, in my case, lacks a sense of taste,” Ayala said. “What I really enjoyed is that the characters themselves have full careers, their smart people and then their disability is just something extra and not necessarily their main defining characteristic, so I thought that was really cool.”
The cast and crew are excited and call the film’s premiere in the Boston SciFi Film Festival “surreal.”
“It feels kind of like a family project that everyone has been working so hard for and it's awesome to know that it's like finally able to see the light of day,” Ayala said.