With ‘This Close,’ Josh Feldman Puts Deaf, Gay Lives In The Spotlight

“This Close,” that debuted on Valentine’s Day, began a life in 2015 as a comic web array called “Fridays,” in that Feldman and Stern played less-developed versions of Michael and Kate. A second, five-episode chronicle of a uncover called “The Chances” premiered during a 2017 Sundance Film Festival.  

To re-adapt “The Chances” as “This Close” for Sundance Now, a span tapped executive Andrew Ahn. No foreigner to intersectional storytelling, Ahn drew on his possess practice as a odd Asian-American for 2016’s “Spa Night.” Still, he was astounded to feel “an heated clarity of community” on a “This Close” set. 

“Whether we’re deaf or hearing, happy or straight, male or lady or somewhere in between, we are connected,” he told HuffPost final month. 

While many viewers see Feldman as personification himself on a series, a Maryland local pronounced he and Michael have “zero percent” in common aside from being deaf and gay. In fact, he had no goal of stepping in front of a camera when he began essay a show. Stern, he said, assured him otherwise, and he’s beholden for her intervention.