Sundance 2016: Notes on Blindness

Jan 21, 2016

Thursday, we begin our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival with the story of John Hull. Hull went blind in 1983 and he knew that if he didn’t try to understand this massive change, it would defeat him. So he kept an audio diary of his experiences. While he may have appeared to be adjusting well on the surface, his tapes reveal a desperate inner struggle. Directors James Spinney and Peter Middleton will join us to discuss their innovative documentary about Hull’s journey to a “world beyond sight.”

The film Notes on Blindness is written, directed, and produced by James Spinney and Peter Middleton, who also created a series of award-winning short documentaries based on John Hull's audio diary. Notes on Blindness is screening in the New Frontier category at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Spinney and Middleton also collaborated with cross-platform artists to create a virtual reality experience called "Notes on Blindness--Into Darkness," which gives participants an idea of what blindness might have been like for John Hull.

Screening times for Notes on Blindness are:

  • Sunday, 1/24 at 2:30 p.m. at Egyptian Theatre
  • Monday, 1/25 at 6:00 p.m. at Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room
  • Tuesday, 1/26 at 6:00 p.m. at Temple Theatre
  • Wednesday, 1/27 at 6:00 p.m. at Tower Theatre
  • Saturday, 1/30 at 9:00 p.m. at Temple Theatre

Watch the short documentary NOTES ON BLINDNESS, in this week's Favorites section at

The VR experience "Notes on Blindness--Into Darkness" will be at the New Frontier Exhibition at Claim Jumper​, 573 Main St. in Park City from Friday, January 22 to Friday, January 29, 1:00–5:00 p.m. It will also be at New Frontier Gateway, 136 Heber Ave. in Park City from Friday, January 22–Friday, January 29, 5:30–8:00 p.m. and at the VR BAR on Saturday, January 30, 1:00–3:00 p.m.