MAKING SENSE is the story of an aging neuroscientist, who teams up with a group of young graduate students to prove his hypothesis that individuals with disabilities hold the key to unlocking a sixth sense, before his past catches up with him. In an effort to prove his decades-old hypothesis that individuals with disabilities–those he describes as “sensory enlightened”–hold the key to unlocking a sixth sense, aging neuroscientist Dr. Frederik Amberger seeks out a promising graduate student, Jules Christopher. At the risk of alienating her partners in the University lab, and driven by her own complicated past, Jules gets caught up in his quest. When it’s revealed that Amberger has been hiding a secret that has him on the run from the FBI, Jules and team must decide how far they’re willing to go in their pursuit to unlock the next frontier of human sensory experience.
The first film to star five actors with disabilities who each lack of one of the primary senses — sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell — MAKING SENSE features Richard Klautsch and Jessi Melton in lead roles. Klautsch, who plays Dr. Fredrik Amberger, is a veteran stage actor, having acted for 21 seasons at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Melton starred in several short, independent films before landing the role of Jules in an open audition that drew over a hundred actors. Five acting newcomers play supporting roles, representing the five physical senses. Mike Barnett (Sight), Taylor Gonzalez (hearing), Miguel Ayala (taste), Makenzie Ellsworth (touch), and Nyk Fry (smell) were cast after open auditions were held.
MAKING SENSE was directed, co-written, and produced by Gregory Bayne. MAKING SENSE was co-written and executive produced by Doug Cole, an advocate for inclusion for those with disabilities and co-founder of the charity IncludeAbility, Inc. Michael Vickerman, Jesse Cordtz, Christian Lybrook also serve as producers.