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. 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.”
Following the film will be a panel discussion with Otis Rollins, an Outlook Nebraska Associate and machine operator who experienced vision loss in his twenties; Tracy Grothe, a professional counselor dedicated to supporting the mental health needs of people with disabilities; and Dr. John Shepherd, Director of the Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation at UNMC. Bekah Jerde, Assistant Director of Radio Talking Book Service will moderate.