NABA, WMHT, and Capital District Chapter-American Council of The Blind of New York State, will be sponsoring screenings of Going Blind:
Wednesday, October 23rd, Albany Public Library, 12pm to 2pm
Tuesday, October 29th, Bethlehem Town Hall, 6 to 8pm
Wednesday, October 30th, Saratoga Public Library, 6:30 to 8:30pm
What does a filmmaker do when he finds out he is losing his sight but his doctors don’t want to talk about what his future might be? In Joe Lovett’s case, you take to the streets. It is there that he meets others who have lost their vision, chronicling their struggle and filming the efforts he employs to save his remaining vision.
Going Blind is a unique documentary film that increases public awareness of sight loss and low vision issues profoundly affecting the lives of more and more people and those who love them.
Documentary film director and journalist Joe Lovett has glaucoma, a disease that robs 4.5 million people of their vision worldwide. Over the years, Joe has lost a significant amount of vision and in his concern about how to deal with more vision loss, he has started to talk with people who have already lost theirs.
Going Blind features a spirited and attractive cast coping with some of the major blinding diseases in America today: art teacher Jessica Jones has diabetic retinopathy, architect Peter D’Elia suffers from age-related macular degeneration, outreach coordinator for The Seeing Eye, a guide dog school, Ray Kornman has retinitis pigmentosa, veterans administration worker Patricia Williams has glaucoma and a traumatic Injury, 11 year old Emmet Teran has nystagmus and Iraq War Veteran Steve Baskis lost his sight in a roadside bomb attack.
Going Blind weaves Joe’s mission to slow down the course of his disease through medication and surgeries, with the stories of others whom he looks to for guidance in a darkening world.
These compelling individual stories provide a glimpse into the world of low vision and blindness. Worldwide, 37,000,000 people have lost their vision. In the United States alone, Lighthouse International reports that 10 million people are legally blind (1.3 million) or visually impaired (8.7 million).
Given our aging population and the increasing prevalence of low vision in our society, it is of paramount importance that we understand sight loss and work towards a better future. Going Blind encourages and inspires people to take action to preserve, prolong, and maximize the precious gift of sight – for themselves, their loved ones, and society.