Vision Portraits

An in-depth exploration of the creative paths of blind and visually impaired artists including a photographer, dancer, writer, and filmmaker.
September 2019
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Vision Portraits

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Director: Rodney Evans

Starring: Rodney Evans, John Dugdale, Kayla Hamilton, Ryan Knighton, and Anton Federov


2019, USA, Germany, Canada, 78 minutes, Digital, NR

Language: English

Distributor: mTuckman Media

Program Notes

Vision Portraits is the personal story of filmmaker Rodney Evans (Brother To Brother, The Happy Sad) as he embarks on a scientific and artistic journey, questioning how his loss of vision might impact his creative future. Through illuminating portraits of three artists—photographer John Dugdale, dancer Kayla Hamilton, and writer Ryan Knighton—the film looks at the ways each artist was affected by the loss of their vision and the ways in which their creative process has changed or adapted.

Check out director Rodney Evans’ interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air!

Official Selection:

South by Southwest Film Festival

Critics' Praise

Vision Portraits consistently fascinates the mind and activates the senses… The content of the film is endlessly thought-provoking and will have artists and their admirers spinning out for days on questions about literal and figurative artistic vision.”
— Beandrea July, Hollywood Reporter

“Despite its focus on as fluid and mysterious a subject as art, Vision Portraits addresses blindness in concrete, comprehensible terms… It has the power, however briefly, to alter your perception.”
— Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

Vision Portraits lives up to its title, presenting a series of fascinating case studies in how the artistic spirit, and the need to create, can overcome anything.”
— Christian Gallichio, The Playlist

“This is not a movie… about loss and despair—though there is certainly occasional regret—but rather about the celebration of what is possible.”
— Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

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