Story published by The Post; written by Meryl Gottlieb.

In Rani Crowe’s short film Texting: A Love Story, few words are actually spoken. Instead, audiences hear the familiar clicking of a smart phone keyboard for the majority of the eight-minute film.

Highlighting modern society’s excessive use of texting in everyday life, Texting: A Love Story looks at intimacy and connection in the digital age.

The short film is the result of part of Crowe’s thesis requirements for her Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting at Ohio University, which she acquired in 2014. Crowe is now the assistant director of the School of Dance, Film and Theater.

Crowe described her short film as “funny, heartbreaking and unfortunately true” as she examined the way today’s society uses technology as a “surrogate for connection.”

“It’s very much about how people struggle to communicate in person but how we can say almost anything over text,” said Lisa Bol, a third-year graduate actor who stars as the nameless woman at the center of the film. “Because saying it through text message, you’re safe in a sense. You can’t get as hurt. You’re not as vulnerable because the phone is there to protect you.”

Texting: A Love Story is also garnering a lot of attention from film festivals worldwide. The short film was already screened at this year’s College Town Film Festival at Penn State University and is an official selection at the Toronto Short Film Festival, the Sanford International Film Festival and, most recently, the Athens International Film and Video Festival.

**To learn more about Texting: A Love Story and to keep up with news, check out the film's blogspot here**