Extensive eyesight loss and the possibility of total blindness didn’t shut down queer filmmaker Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother). Instead, it inspired this profoundly personal non-fiction film, which not only documents his own genetic eye disorder, but shows how three other working artists with visual impairments—photographer John Dugdale, writer Ryan Knighton, and dancer Kayla Hamilton—have adjusted their practices around their changed capacities. For showtimes in Philadelphia, please visit here.
Tina Morton (BSFF16 alum and member of BlackStar’s program committee for the past several years) is a media activist, documentarian, and an Associate Professor at Howard University. Her work began when she took classes at Scribe Video Center over two decades ago. Morton is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship (2010), a Leeway Transformation Award (2006) and two Leeway Art and Change Grants (2005, 2006). The retrospective spans Morton's impressive filmography from her early works to community-based media projects and ends with a program of her more recent works.
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