By Scott Pukos
Notes on Blindness -- a documentary about writer and theologian John Hull coping with blindness -- opens for a month-long, limited run at the Little Theatre Saturday, Dec. 3. The Little will be the first theater in the United States to screen the enhanced audio edition of Notes on Blindness.
The enhanced audio edition is designed for blind and sighted audiences. The filmmakers of Notes on Blindness worked with one of Europe's leading sound designers, Joakim Sundstrom, to create a rich, immersive soundtrack calibrated specifically for blind and sighted audiences. This track uses enhanced sound design and additional audio from characters in the film to guide the audience through the story. Instead of traditional narration-led model (as you'd typically find with audio description) this approach aims to create a rewarding and complete audio experience that coheres tonally with the dramatic universe of the film.
The Little is playing Notes on Blindness throughout December, and all screenings will be the enhanced version. Other upcoming releases: The Eagle Huntress and The Handmaiden open Friday, Dec. 2. In honor of soul singer Sharon Jones – who died Nov. 18 -- Miss Sharon Jones will return for a limited encore run starting Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets and showtimes are available at thelittle.org.
More about Notes on Blindness: 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.
For a trailer, press images, and more visit notesonblindness.co.uk.