Monday, April 8, 2013

Going BLIND - Coming out of the dark about vision loss

Photo of Pat William with magnifying glass trying
to read a paper.
Going BLIND is a film that increases public awareness of sight loss and low vision, issues that affect more than 25 million Americans who are blind or visually impaired. The director, Joseph Lovett, has glaucoma, a disease that robs 4.5 million people worldwide of their vision. After years of losing his sight, Joe used his filmmaking skills to tell his story and the story of other people who have or are experiencing vision loss.

Some of the people you will meet are: Emmet Teran, an 11 year old who has low vision due to albinism; Steve Baskis who lost his vision in Baghdad when he was hit by a roadside bomb; an 85-year old architect, Peter D'Ella, who is suffering from macular degeneration; Pat Williams, a legally blind woman who struggled with balance between relying on family and remaining independent, and Ray Kronman, who at age 29 while getting a routine eye exam learned that he had retinitis pigments and would be blind by age 40.

Going BLIND is available for rent AND is being distributed free of charge to over 300 public television stations around the country. Check your local listings.


Learn more about the film on the Going BLIND website.