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MIPCOM Picks 2010: Blind Man Walking

At the age of 22, Mark Pollock's life changed forever with the sudden loss of his sight. Upon the 10th anniversary of his sight loss, Pollock decided to undergo the ultimate test and enter the South Pole Race, requiring its participants to ski over 16 hours a day for close to a month, in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius. This film follows his pursuit of that goal.
September 29, 2010


At the age of 22, Mark Pollock’s life changed forever with the sudden loss of his sight. After a decade of depression and darkness, the former athlete embarked on a new path as a motivational speaker, and continued with his athletic endeavors. Upon the 10th anniversary of his sight loss, Pollock decided to undergo the ultimate test and enter the South Pole Race, requiring its participants to ski over 16 hours a day for close to a month, in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius. This film follows his pursuit of that goal, and powerfully illustrates that loss of sight doesn’t equal loss of vision.
Partners: A True Films production for RTÉ; distributed through RTÉ Commercial Enterprises
Aired: Fall, 2010 (RTÉ One)
Length: 52 minutes
Rights available: All media, worldwide

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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