They’re left knowing more, and that’s the goal.” In November 2016, Blind Date was chosen to be featured in the renowned DOCNYC Festival Independent Film Center (IFC) in New York City.
As a result, we start to see ourselves and our own experiences in each character’s story.
Gus is in his late 30s and blind as a result of retinitis pigmentosa.
With his fluency in accessible technology, Gus’ perspective in the film guides us through the ways that online dating and dating apps are user-unfriendly to individuals using screenreaders. At some point, Gus, Anthony, and Nefertiti have been let down by an ex or potential dating partner solely because they are blind.
While there can be an added layer of difficulty when living with a disability, this whole dating thing is something we can all relate to.
“A lot of people asexualize people with disabilities, which is like taking them out of the running before they even get a seat at the table, and that's wrong,” Ellis said.