The sport of goalball should be the next worldwide craze. At least that's what we believe.
You'll come accross it this summer if you're watching the London games -- the Paralympics, that is. Goalball is a game for the visually impaired.
Our film "Shot in the Dark" takes the viewer on a journey through the lives of several New York athletes, where sometimes sight is not a necessity. The sport they play behind black-out goggles threads their lives together.
A partial screening of "Shot in the Dark" at the Columbia School of Journalism on May 15 met warm reviews from the audience. Many had no idea what the sport of goalball entailed. Others said that the documentary had lifted the mental barriers they previously placed between themselves and visually impaired people. These responses are exactly what we'd hoped for when we started filming.
"Shot in the Dark" was originally a graduate school project but we've decided to pursue it on our own. However, we have little funding and need your help to finish the production process.
Any contribution you may be able to offer will get us one step closer to completing this documentary. With your help, we will be able, among other things, to reimburse the travel expenses necessary for us to follow the athletes to the national goalball championships in Salt Lake City, pay for equipment and hire a professional sound editor. Please take a moment to consider this request. If you believe in us, spread the word!
Our goal is to enter "Shot in the Dark" into several film festivals and show the athletic ability of the visually impaired.
Thank you for your support. In the words of the captain of the New York Knights, "being blind is in your mind."
Hoda Emam and Daphnee Denis
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