Channel One Russia’s Anna Nelson interviewed Tommy Edison and Ben Churchill about their work on the blind film critic movie reviews. The interview is written in Russian, but you can translate the text when viewing it through Google Chrome. Plus, you can watch the 7 minute video which explains the story behind why they started producing the movie reviews.
В США работает единственный в мире незрячий кинокритик, и его рецензии очень популярны
Израильская разведка на неделе открыла один из своих суперсекретов. Вероятно, это спецподарок к Всемирному Дню поддержки аутистов – ведь оказалось, что снимки земной поверхности со спутников и электронные карты в Моссад изучают “люди дождя”, или аутисты.
Расшифровка визуальной информации требует огромного напряжения и концентрации внимания, с которыми обычные люди не справляются, а аутисты, особенные люди с особенными возможностями психики, делают это в сотни раз успешнее. Единственное, чему их в результате нужно было научить, говорят в Моссад, это общаться с командирами – ведь социальные навыки у “людей дождя” развиты слабо. Но в результате те, кого считали людьми с ограниченными возможностями, сегодня – костяк спецотдела и надежда всей израильской госбезопасности… READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
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Blind film reviewer Tommy Edison’s ways of seeing
Blind since birth, Tommy Edison has made his mark in a most unexpected field – film reviewing.
His laugh is disarming, a whole-body chuckle: head thrown back, nose scrunched. He tells me that growing up in affluent Greenwich, Connecticut, was difficult, because all the other families had chauffeurs and his didn’t: mouth open, straight teeth bared, shoulders jiggling up and down. I confess that I’m primarily a fiction writer. “Perfect. You can just make it all up. Tell people I’m much more handsome.” One hand softly slaps the top of the table, next to where his folded white cane is resting. It’s a contagious, kinetic energy that bounces off Tommy Edison, ricochets round the empty room. He laughs so often that his closed eyes can seem like the swollen-cheeked product of a hearty chuckle.
Tommy’s thick, neatly trimmed hair is the kind of shimmering silver people pay for. His physique is bear-like: lift-off-the-ground-when-hugging-you big. He’s dressed in neutral tones: faded blue denim, tan-coloured jacket, dusk grey shirt. Sorting the washing, he randomly tells me later in our conversation, isn’t as difficult as people think: denim separately by feel, always a cold wash… CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.
Tiffany Whisner interviewed Tommy for Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads about his childhood, making online videos, his love for music, and more.
Watching Films with a Unique View
It’s the film award season! It’s the time of the year between November and February when most of the important film award ceremonies take place — everything from the Hollywood Film Awards and Golden Globe Awards to the Screen Actors Guild Awards and culminating with the Academy Awards.
The big movie stars parade up and down the red carpet in couture Dior gowns and tailored Armani suits complete with all the glitz and bling your eyes can take in.
But not everyone cares what the film stars look like. Some don’t even care much for what the films look like… READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
BBC Trending‘s Neil Meads interviewed Tommy about how he got started.
What is it like to be a blind film critic?
Film critic, radio traffic announcer and popular Instagrammer – Tommy Edison delights in doing things you wouldn’t expect a blind person to do.
Blind since birth, Edison set up a YouTube channel to review films from a blind person’s perspective. The comments section was quickly filled with sighted people fascinated about what it’s like to be blind. Edison then launched a second channel to answer questions like “can blind people draw?” and “how do blind people dream?”…
Description: The words blind since birth and serious film critic had never been used in the same sentence until Tommy Edison burst onto the US film scene three years ago. Equipped with candour and cut-through humour, Tommy immediately attracted the endorsement of Roger Ebert, the doyen of American film critics. After more than 25 years on local radio in Connecticut, USA, Tommy Edison is now building an international reputation for his film reviews on YouTube.
In Australia for the first time, Tommy Edison will share his journey from radio traffic reporter to living his dream as the blind film critic. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and be assured, no questions are off-limits.
Tommy Edison’s attendance is generously supported by the US Embassy.
Tim Kroenert, of Eureka Street, interviews Tommy about his career as a blind film critic.
Films a Blind Man Loves
Try watching slasher parody Scream 4 with your eyes closed and see how much sense it makes. Likewise, the films that comprise Marvel’s acclaimed Avengers mega-franchise might seem like a mess if you stripped away the CGI-heavy visuals. On the other hand, Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and Kevin Smith’s Clerks, with stories driven by strong characters and dialogue, offer up cinematic pleasures even a blind person can appreciate.
Welcome to the world of Tommy Edison. Blind since birth, Edison has over the past four years earned global fame with his YouTube channel The Blind Film Critic. His enthusiasm, easy humour and keen insights while reviewing films both current and classic from the perspective of a blind person have seen him build a considerable following… CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Blinded By The Light
Blind since birth, Tommy Edison has parlayed a career in radio into a strong following on YouTube where he does everything from review movies to discussing how a blind person experiences the world. The Other Film Festival, which is all about bringing disability into the spotlight, is bringing the affable Tommy out to Melbourne in December, and his presence is bound to inspire and delight.
What was the spark for you regarding starting to review movies on YouTube?
“It was just an idea we had sitting around one night talking about movies. My friend that directs and produces all the videos and I were talking about movies and saying how sometimes a movie will get to me, and the last eight minutes of it, they won’t talk, it’ll just be cinematography and all this stuff, and I’ll going, ‘what just happened? I don’t understand.’ So, I’m sort of left out in the cold. I spend all this time enjoying this movie and I don’t know how it ended. So, I thought it might be interesting to review movies from a blind person’s perspective, a perspective for other people to consider. That’s how the whole thing started. We were very lucky with the first reviews we did because Roger Ebert tweeted about them.”