Almost Live | Blind Spot: moments unseen

Wednesday Nov 24, 2021 at 6:30 pm Pacific Time online via Zoom

A vision quest documentary, Blind Spot; Moments Unseen follows three adventurers who live with varying degrees of sight loss as they journey by horseback into the heart of the Andes.

Filmed during a 3-week guided expedition in the wilderness of Argentina’s Northern Patagonia, this epic, horse-powered adventure defies the conventional views on blindness to chronicle a voyage of self-discovery, in search of what we see, what we can’t see, and what we overlook.

In March of 2014 Terry Kelly (Canadian singer/song writer) Carly Grigg (para equestrian, Victoria BC) and Ruth Bieber (author/artist, now living in Creston BC) turned south to participate in an adventure of a life-time! They were invited to Patagonia Argentina for a ten-day trail ride on horseback! Apart from being courageous and totally adventuresome, the three equestrians have one other thing in common, they are all legally blind. For those of you in the know, Terry is totally blind, Carly has 4% residual vision, and Ruth has light perception only.

The trek into the rugged terrain of Patagonia was inspired by producers Stefan Moral and Leslie Haller from Criollo Films Inc. Their goal was to introduce the world to the beauty of this part of South America, plus test the declaration of the team from Estantia Ranquilco, that anyone can enjoy the trail riding experiences offered by this extraordinary guest ranch. The resulting CBC documentary Blind Spot; Moments Unseen won “Best International Documentary / long form (30 mins+)” at the 2015 Equus Film Festival in New York, a “niche” festival with a focus on equestrian-themed films from around the world.

The experience was life-altering for these three Canadians, and all three will be joining Amy to introduce the documentary, share their post trail ride artistry inspired by their participation, and answer questions about their experience on the trail ride. Ruth created six paintings, which were inspired by her time in Patagonia, and Terry has written at least one song devoted to his experience on the trail. Finally, all three will share some of the highs as well as the trials of being a part of a film documentary, “Not for the faint of heart!” says Bieber.

This film presentation includes audio description.

With special guests Ruth Bieber, Carly Grigg and Terry Kelly.

Special thanks to filmmaker Stefan Morel for permission to present this special audio described screening.

The VocalEye virtual lobby opens at 6:30 pm Pacific Time for some socializing and community updates with host Amy Amantea. The pre-show introduction will begin at 6:45 pm with Amy and guests. The featured show begins at 7 pm followed by conversation, Q and A and a prize draw. 

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