Monday, April 3

The DocYard Presents (previous events)Special Events Archive

Notes on Blindness

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Director: Peter Middleton and James Spinney

Film Details: 90 minutes, 2016, UK, color, DCP

Co-presented with the ReelAbilities Film Festival Boston

Film Website | Trailer | Facebook Event

World Premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and Winner of the Innovation Award at the 2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest

Directors James Spinney and Peter Middleton will attend via Skype for discussion with local film journalist Erin Trahan, a regular contributor to WBUR’s The ARTery.

About the Film:

In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and theologian John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began documenting his experiences on audiocassette. Following the Emmy Award-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 John’s original audio recordings within compelling cinematography and textured sound design. The result is a poetic and intimate story of loss, rebirth and transformation, documenting John’s extraordinary journey into “a world beyond sight.”

About the Filmmakers:

Peter Middleton and James Spinney have been working together for the past six years on a range of fiction, documentary and cross-platform projects. During this period they have adapted John’s diary material into a series of award winning short films. The first of these, ‘Rainfall’, won the Best Short Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2013. This was followed in 2014 by the Emmy Award-winning short, also entitled ‘Notes on Blindness’, which screened at Sundance Film Festival and won Best Documentary at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

Notes on Blindness is their first feature.



About The DocYard:

For decades, Boston has been a center for documentary filmmaking. It is a place where students come to learn and experiment, where some of documentary’s giants are teaching and creating new work, and where the craft is continuously nurtured and expanded. Today’s filmmakers are breaking new ground that has its foundation, more often than not, in Boston’s rich documentary legacy.

Celebrating what is innovative, interesting, and inspiring in documentary, The DocYard is a bi-weekly film and discussion series that takes place every other Monday. Their goal is to grow a vibrant, creative community for Boston’s filmmakers, film students and film lovers through each of these special events.