“I knew that if I didn’t understand blindness, it would destroy me.” Notes On Blindness follows the journey of writer and theologian John Hull, who began an audio diary after losing his sight in 1983 to help him make sense of the loss and upheaval it caused in his life.
Following the Emmy-winning short film of the same name, Notes On Blindness takes a creative approach to the documentary form. Actors lip-synch to the voices of the family, embedding Hull’s original audio recordings within compelling cinematography and textured sound design. The story of loss, rebirth and transformation documents Hull’s extraordinary journey into “a world beyond sight.”
The film, directed and written by Pete Middleton and James Spinney, makes its world premiere Sunday as part of the Sundance Film Festival’s arts program. Cinephile is selling the film. Watch the clip above.
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