Collaborative screening of "Notes on Blindness" with panel discussion

On Tuesday, August 22, at 7 pm, Film Streams, Outlook Nebraska, and Radio Talking Book Service will present a one-time screening of NOTES ON BLINDNESS at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey Street. A panel discussion will follow the film, and descriptive narration will be available.

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 Shepard, Director of the Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation at UNMC. Bekah Jerde, Assistant Director of Radio Talking Book Service will moderate.

Tickets for this special screening at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater are $9 general; $7 for students, seniors, teachers, military, and those arriving by bicycle; and $4.50 for Film Streams Members. Advance tickets can be purchased at or through the Film Streams Box Office, in person or at 402-933-0259 x15. 

To request an audio descriptive device or Spanish or ASL interpretation, patrons may contact

For more information, questions or requests, please contact Patrick Kinney at (402) 933-0259 x 11 or 
The screening and discussion are part of Film Streams’ Community Development Program, which facilitates partnerships with other nonprofits and community groups on film-related events that speak to their missions and programming. Each quarter, Film Streams’ Community Development Committee reviews proposals for special screenings and programs. Deadlines for proposals are January 2 (for April-June events), April 1 (for July-September), July 1 (for October-December) and October 1 (for January-March).

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 7:00pm

Film Streams 1340 Mike Fahey Street

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