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Notes on Blindness

Directed by James Spinney & Peter Middleton

“The genius of the film is in allowing us to understand and visualize the world of blindness… A beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art.” —The Guardian

A striking adaptation of the audio diary theologian John Hull produced as he attempted to grapple with his loss of eyesight. Wielding the power of cinema to convey Hull’s deteriorating vision, filmmakers James Spinney and Peter Middleton use a combination of richly textured audio and lush visuality to explore a journey toward new ways of seeing. The film is accompanied by the downloadable VR experience Into Darkness. 2016, UK, 90 minutes.

Download Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness here. Complimentary Google Cardboard viewers will be available at the Walker Cinema.

Enhanced Screening

Saturday, January 28, 2 and 7:30 pm
The filmmakers worked with one of Europe’s leading sound designers, Joakim Sundström, to create a rich, immersive soundtrack calibrated specifically for blind and sighted audiences. This track uses enhanced sound design and additional audio from the characters in the film to guide the audience through the story. Instead of a narration-led model (as in the standard AD track), this approach aims to create a rewarding and complete audio experience that coheres tonally with the dramatic universe of the film.

Captioned Screening

Sunday, January 29, 2 pm
For more information, please call 612.375.7564 or e-mail access@walkerart.org.


This presentation is made possible by generous support from the Bentson Foundation.