Bond/360 takes “Notes on Blindness”

The New York sales house has acquired the exclusive U.S. rights to Peter Middleton and James Spinney's Notes on Blindness (pictured), which will be theatrically released this fall alongside the film's virtual reality companion piece.
September 2, 2016

New York-based distributor Bond/360 has picked up the exclusive U.S. rights to Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s award-winning documentary Notes on Blindness(pictured).

The short-turned-feature documentary, which bowed at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was a realscreen MIPTV Pick in March, details writer and theologian John Hull’s steady deterioration into total blindness through self-made audio recordings. The filmmakers combine cinematic recreations and evocative sound design with traditional documentary elements to offer viewers a sense of Hull’s journey into “a world beyond sight.”

Bond/360 will release the film in theaters this fall, beginning with a two-week screening at New York’s Film Forum on November 16, followed by an opening in LA on November 25 before expanding nationally. The broadcast, digital and home video release is slated for 2017.

The award-winning virtual reality experience Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness will be integrated into the film’s theatrical release. The six-part VR project provides audiences with the opportunity to experience real-time 3D, VR and binaural sound in order to “explore the world of the blind.”

Bond/360 acquired the film’s rights from Tel Aviv-based sales house Cinephil, in a deal that was negotiated by Bond’s Elizabeth Sheldon and Cinephil’s Philippa Kowarsky.

The film was produced by Archer’s Mark, in association with Fee Fie Foe Films and 104 Films, and in coproduction with Agat Films & Cie and ARTE France.

The VR experience was produced by Ex Nihilo, ARTE France and AudioGaming, in coproduction with Archer’s Mark.

“As champions of creative non-fiction which presents alternative viewpoints on the world, [Bond/360] are ideal collaborators for bringing John’s account of his discovery of ‘a world beyond sight’ to North American audiences,” said filmmakers Peter Middleton and James Spinney in a joint statement.

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