Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light)

Tocando la Luz weaves three stories – all set in the blind community of Havana, Cuba – into a tale of personal independence.

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Premiere Date
September 25, 2016
Length
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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Producer/Director

Jennifer Redfearn

Jennifer Redfearn directed and produced the 2011 Academy Award-nominated documentary Sun Come Up, a film about climate change. Sun Come Up aired on HBO, garnered multiple festival awards, and has screened in over 500 venues, including festivals, universities, high schools, and community groups. In her freelance work over the past seven years, she has Show more produced documentaries for National Geographic, PBS, CNN, and the Discovery Channel, and for educational and online distribution, including several short stories for MediaStorm. In 2013, she was one of the producers on National Geographic’s highest-rated television series, and in 2011 her work at MediaStorm was nominated for the World Press Photo, Anthropographia, and Webby awards in the multimedia and documentary categories. She has field-produced stories from across the U.S., Central America, the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Papua New Guinea. Redfearn is the recipient of a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Chicken and Egg Pictures, and the NYSCA individual artist grants. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Show less

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Producer

Tim Metzger

Tim Metzger is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and New York-based director of photography with 10 years of experience as a freelance DP. Tim filmed and produced the Oscar nominated documentary Sun Come Up. He recently completed the Emmy-nominated six-part series Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero for Discovery, executive produced by Steven Show more Spielberg. Metzger served as the director of photography on the landmark series filmed over a year and a half at the site of the new World Trade Center. His work for Discovery, National Geographic, and History Channel has taken him around the world for series and specials such as Engineering an Empire and The Dark Ages. Metzger's independent film, Leh Wi Tok, is a character-driven documentary about independent radio in post-war Sierra Leone. It aired on Al Jazeera’s Witness. Show less

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The Film

Tocando la Luz weaves three stories – all set in the blind community of Havana, Cuba – into a tale of personal independence. As Lis, Milly, and Margarita each face family problems and heartbreak, their dependence on others turns out to be a double-edged sword. From the music halls of Havana to a cinema club for the blind, their stories reveal both the pain and the joys of fighting for yourself.

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