The Village Voice
The word “inspirational” is so overused as to be hackneyed, but writer-director Joe Lovett’s documentary Going Blind—in which he chronicles his excruciating battle with glaucoma while using his experiences to connect with five other people living with degrees of blindness—is exactly and profoundly that… The film soars when the camera follows a 22-year-old Iraq War vet who lost his sight in a roadside attack, a septuagenarian architect whose experimental treatment allows him to keep working, and, especially, a no-bullshit art teacher who lost her sight to diabetes—with appealing directness and not a shred of self-pity, she says simply, “You learn to work with what you have.”
As producer and narrator, Lovett has crafted a much-needed awareness tool about vision loss. The downloadable PDF tool kit is worthy of the name bonus material. Going Blind is a jewel of a film and belongs in every library.
The Washington Post
Going Blind encourages and inspires people to take action to preserve, prolong, and maximize the precious gift of sight — for themselves, their loved ones, and society.
Like a detective, Lovett uses his own Glaucoma symptoms as clues to help determine who to track down next, immersing himself in the struggles of his various interviewees… [the film] effectively demystifies the process of going blind.
British Journal of Ophthalmology
Going Blind is an uplifting documentary about visually impaired and blind people that… instills inspiration to lead a productive life.
New York Times
Partly to assuage his fears, partly to learn how to cope if he becomes blind, and partly to alert Americans to the importance of regular eye care, Mr. [Joseph] Lovett, 65, decided to do what he does best. He produced a documentary called “Going Blind” with the telling subtitle “Coming out of the Dark About Vision Loss.”
WHAT EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT GOING BLIND
David W. Parke II, MD, CEO, American Academy of Ophthalmology
As ophthalmologists, despite best efforts, we cannot always prevent vision loss or, sadly, blindness. Your film helps patients understand the options and opportunities for those blind or with severely limited vision, allowing them to lead productive and happy lives. It’s an uplifting story.
Peter Williamson, Communications Director of The Jewish Guild for the Blind
It is a rare occurrence when one project brings together so many of the issues that individuals who are visually impaired and their families face each day. That is what you have achieved with your new film entitled Going Blind.
Dan Roberts, Director of Macular Degeneration Support
Going Blind covers every concern about losing vision, but it also offers important information and hope… it reinforces the concept that knowledge is power.
Nancy Miller, Executive Director of VISIONS Services for the Blind
Going Blind is truly needed to educate the medical community and the general public…Your film not only informs, but gives hope to the millions of people who could benefit, if only they knew where to turn.
Anne Yeadon, Executive Director, AWARE & VisionAWARE.org
The majority of individuals, in the early stages of vision loss, are simply unaware of the specialists, services and resources available to help them. This is one reason why a very small percentage of individuals with vision loss reach out for vision rehabilitation services – your film provides incentive to change that.
Carl R. Augusto, President & CEO, American Foundation for the Blind
We applaud your commitment to increasing the public’s awareness and understanding of vision loss… we hope that it stimulates an open dialogue about vision loss, including the fears and misconceptions that exist and the obstacles that those fears and misconceptions might create.
Tina Georgeou, Former Chief Marketing Officer, Lighthouse International
Going Blind underscores the need for the medical community to understand and prepare patients for various options that can offer them hope and allow them to continue to lead independent, productive lives.
Thomas Zampieri, Director of Government Relations, Blinded Veterans Association
I wish every medical school in the country would have this film!
Stephanie Bissionette, Teacher of Visually Impaired, Vermont Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Going Blind is a critical step toward alerting the general public about low vision services now, before that significant increase in visual impairments occurs. Most importantly, the film helps alleviate the fears most Americans have about becoming visually impaired.
Guy M. Woodland, Senior VP, New Hampshire Association for the Blind
Several attendees [of our Going Blind screening] have been empowered by the movie to seek out specialized vision rehabilitation services for the first time. We applaud the film as it portrays a helping and positive message of hope. The movie is breaking down barriers and myths about vision loss.