blindDANCE at The 27th Sedona International Film Festival
SEDONA- June 12 - 20: Among the exciting special events planned this year is a partnership with the world’s first blindDANCE Film Festival. Led by President of the Board Bari Azman and Executive Director Ben Fox, who is legally blind and a former Sundance filmmaker, the blindDANCE Film Festival team provides opportunities and training in the film industry to those who are blind and visually impaired.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the American Foundation for the Blind. Schweiss said the Foundation will display pieces in the Sedona Performing Arts Center lobby from the Helen Keller Museum in Tuscumbia, Ala., including the Academy Award for the 1955 documentary, Helen Keller in Her Story. Keller received the Oscar at age 75.
Film Festival to Provide Unique Employment Initiative for the Blind
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — November 13th, 2020: How are filmmakers, who are blind and meeting in Sedona Arizona and Baltimore Maryland, helping to equalize the above 70 percent unemployment rate among the blind?
“The blindDANCE Film Festival is raising awareness of the strengths and capabilities of people who are blind, by normalizing the tools we use to find success at work, ” says CoFounder and former Sundance Filmmaker Ben Fox, who is legally blind due to Retinitis Pigmentosa and detached retinas in both of his eyes.
blindDANCE is arriving year one, with some impressive partnerships bringing technology and accessibility to any filmmaker who has a desire to share their story, and a very cool place to show them this summer (on screens in Sedona, AZ), in addition to two rounds of online competitions and a final festival just before Thanksgiving in Charm City, Baltimore!