The Eyes of Me
More than 9,000 students across the United States attend residential schools for the visually impaired. Over the course of one school year, THE EYES OF ME captures the stories of four extraordinary teenagers at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a public residential high school in Austin that has educated visually impaired students for more than 150 years. An extraordinary look into the world of blind teenagers where crossing an intersection, cooking a meal, or navigating unfamiliar areas is a challenge unlike any that sighted viewers must consider THE EYES OF ME offers fresh perspectives on growing up, fitting in, and preparing for adulthood. Chas is passionate about creating hip-hop music. Yearning for independence, he moves out of the school dorms at 17 to live in his own apartment. Meagan, the school s valedictorian, is also focused on her future, and has plans to begin college in the fall. Fifteen-year-old Denise is living away from her family for the first time, making new friends after years of isolation at her old school. And freshman Isaac is adjusting to being blind for less than a year. THE EYES OF ME captures a textured portrait of these students lives at school, off-campus, and in their hometowns with their families. The film features stylized rotoscopic animation produced by Jason Archer and Paul Beck, who worked on Richard Linklater s WAKING LIFE, and made with the help of the students. The animated interludes are accompanied by a lush and distinctive soundtrack from an array of independent Austin musicians including Sparrowhouse, Brazos, and American Analog Set. These stunning sequences expose what the students see in their minds as they share their personal stories. Forced to confront the world without sight, these four remarkable teenagers impart their thoughts, perceptions, and inner visions of the outer world. Ultimately, they reveal, you cannot understand their perceptions without challenging your own.
About the Actor
CHAS: At age 10, Chas woke up blind after an operation to repair his sight. A hip-hop artist, he raps, The only time I cried about being blind was the first night. In THE EYES OF ME, Chas bristles for greater independence. At 17, he left his school s dorms to live independently in his own apartment. His passion for creating music is his top priority. When he dropped out of school halfway through his senior year, his resolve to chart his own path was tested. Since filming ended, Chas has been living in Austin and recording music as One2Cee. He and his girlfriend Ashley have a year-old son, Chas Jr. This year, One2Cee will release an album with songs featured in THE EYES OF ME, as well as new tracks. <P>See all Editorial Reviews