AETN, Arkansas School for the Blind host Community Cinema featuring The Eyes of Me Free community screening of documentary following four blind teenagers at the Texas School for the Blind
Directed and edited by Keith Maitland, The Eyes of Me follows four teenagers at the Texas School for the Blind over the course of one year as they learn how to deal with the limitations, frustrations and emotional issues their disability brings.
The four teenagers Chas, a senior who writes rap music; Denise, a freshman who fulfills her wish to act in a school play; Meagan, a senior whose goal is to get a degree in social work; and Isaac, a freshman whose ambition is to be the first blind president all have to learn how to deal with normal adolescent issues, such as self-image, acceptance by peers and dating, all while achieving independence without the benefit of full vision.
The Eyes of Me will be presented with audio description for the visually impaired, allowing all attendees to experience the film from the perspective of the visually impaired. Audio description is narration of key visual elements in a video or multimedia product that allows individuals who are blind or visually impaired to access content that is not otherwise accessible simply by listening to the audio. In audio description, narrators typically describe actions, gestures, scene changes and other visual information, as well as titles, speaker names and other text that may appear on the screen.
The screening will be held in the Woolly Auditorium on the campus of Arkansas School for the Blind, 2600 W. Markham Street, Little Rock. Free parking is available.
For more information, call AETN at 800-662-2386, or visit www.aetn.org/engage.
Following the screening, a community discussion will be held with panelists from the Arkansas School for the Blind, including students and faculty members.
The Eyes of Me will air Sunday, April 11, at 11 p.m. on AETN.
Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through film produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.
The Arkansas School for the Blind offers statewide quality educational programs and resources to students who are blind or visually impaired, birth through 21, enabling them to become productive, self-sufficient citizens through the involvement of all students, staff, parents and the community.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (www.aetn.org) provides lifelong learning opportunities, improves and enhances Arkansans lives and celebrates the unique culture of Arkansas through its programming and services. AETNs transmitters and numerous cable system connections give it statewide reach.