WATCH: A deaf man dreams up all the ways to get his crush’s attention in this charming indie short | Queerty

It takes a lot of nerve to spot a handsome guy across the room and strike up a conversation, but imagine how much more difficult a meet-cute would be when you can’t speak your mind.

That’s the crux of Flirting, With Possibilities an all-too-rare short film highlighting the deaf queer community.

Deaf actor and playwright Garrett Zuercher (previously seen in Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck) writes, directs, and stars in the imaginative romantic-comedy as Harley, a guy just minding his business in his favorite local coffee shop.

But then someone catches his eye: A cute hearing patron of the cafe (Jason Tam). Afraid the opportunity might pass him by, Harley’s mind begins to race as he dreams up the best way to communicate with his new crush—and let him know he’d like his number.

Flirting, With Possibilities has a lot of fun with form, employing a variety of creative styles as different scenarios play out in Harley’s mind. Oh, and along the way, some familiar faces from Broadway—like Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Tom Berklund—show up, too!

The short also offers unique insight into how it feels to communicate—and flirt—largely through American Sign Language and the written word in a world where most people are hearing and speaking in English.

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