Trailer drops for 'Vision Portraits,' Rodney Evans' moving documentary on artists, like him, who are losing their sight
'I always make films about the things that are the scariest for me to deal with'
For more than two decades Rodney Evans has made his living in a visual medium, directing such films as Brother to Brother (2004) and The Happy Sad (2013). But not long ago he received a devastating diagnosis.
"I went to this ophthalmologist and they basically were like, 'You have this very rare eye condition. You gradually get more and more blind."
In his new documentary Vision Portraits, Evans explores what that diagnosis has meant to his sense of his future creative possibilities. But he expanded the focus to include not only his own story, but those of several other artists in a similar situation to him.
Vision Portraits opens at the Metrograph in New York on August 9 and at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles on August 23, with a national expansion to follow. It's also playing at Outfest in Los Angeles next month and at New York's IFP Made in NY Media Center on August 5. Watch the trailer here (trailer with captions is posted below):
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.