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A Renaissance Man with Vision

Louis PosenLouis Posen is one of the coolest guys on the planet. He’s president and CEO of Hopeless Records, a company he founded at the age of 21—despite the fact that he was losing eyesight to retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The 43-year-old is also a National Trustee of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. And he got into the music business by accident.

In high school, he was a punk-rock aficionado, buying records and going to every local concert he could. In film school, he came to appreciate the positive influence art, including music videos, had on people’s lives. But this was a time when many punk groups couldn’t afford to produce the high-quality videos to which many viewers were accustomed.
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: How Hollywood Portrays Visual Impairment

Scent of a WomanAs a recent discussion on FFB’s Facebook page makes clear, you don’t need to literally see a movie to enjoy it. In one post, we asked the question, “What’s your favorite movie featuring a person who’s blind or visually impaired?” And the response, coming from people who are blind, visually impaired and sighted, was overwhelming—more than any single post has elicited in recent memory.

People didn’t hesitate to share films, from recent years and decades ago, featuring real-life visually impaired actors and, in some cases, actors who won Academy Awards for their portrayals of those with blinding conditions.
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