February 9th, 12:00PM @ Campus Theatre (214 W. Hickory)
Looking from a far, the average person sees Sebastian Mancipe as an average 16 year-old who is involved in an array of activities. However, upon meeting him, one instantly understands that this young man is above average. He is unique. Sebastian is blind and uses echolocation as his eyes to maneuver himself in a world of darkness. However, his world is a world of opportunity and light, a world that he creates based on what he hears.
Echolocation allows a person to determine their surroundings through a series of clicking sounds made with the mouth. Developed by Executive Director of World Access for the Blind, Daniel Kish, is able to teach others how to use this method and gain information about their surroundings.
A report from 2009 resulted in that there are approximately 59, 355 legally blind children in the United States. According the American Foundation for the Blind, there are approximately 485,502 children in the United States with vision difficulty under the age of 18. Although there have not been any recent studies in the past year, it is believed that the number of children who experience vision impairment has significantly increased. In a 20 minute film, the audience will be able to understand and experience the difficulties as well as the triumphs of one young man as he lives his life without his sense of vision and yet, through the discovery of echolocation, he is able to see perhaps even better than the average person with the sense of sight.
Shorts Program #1
Duration: 17 mins
Director: Dan Duran & Katie Valovcin
Producer: Kellie Henika & Katie Volavcin