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Picture House In Pelham Screens 'Sense The Wind,' Film About Blind Sailors

The Picture House is at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham.
The Picture House is at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham. Photo Credit: Andrew Meola

PELHAM, N.Y. -- The Picture House Regional Film Center will continue its new film series, Worldview with a pre-release screening on Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m., of the documentary "Sense the Wind: Blind Sailors Race Across Open Water" followed by a discussion with the director

Six years in the making, "Sense the Wind" follows the journey of four blind sailors as they train and compete in national and international regattas and is currently being previewed at film festivals around the globe.

In regattas across the U.S. and abroad, visually impaired sailors learn not to fear what they cannot see. They sail by feel -- sensing the breeze on a cheek or tension in the tiller, listening to the pattern of waves hitting the hull and sails luffing in the wind. Sighted guides describe the racecourse and give tactical race advice. On the water disability is no longer a focus.

"Sense the Wind" is a journey led by four blind sailors — Nancy, Inky, Philip and Matt — as they train and compete at the Blind Nationals and press toward Japan’s Blind Sailing World Championships. It follows the evolution of these individuals over several years as they advance as sailors, through life’s turns.

After the screening, Clayton Bushong, Picture House director of programming,  will moderate a discussion and Q and A with the director, Christine Knowlton.

Knowlton, a Westchester resident, has created videos for nonprofit organizations, including the U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships and the Robie Pierce One-Design Regattas. Her award winning first short, "Going Blank: Alzheimer’s Stories," premiered at the Westchester Film Festival and played international festivals. "Sense The Wind" is her first feature documentary.

Tickets to the screening and post-film discussion are $15 general admission, $12 members, $10 seniors and free for students who present valid identification and are available at this link or at the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane in Pelham.

School and community groups interested in daytime educational screenings in the Worldview series should contact education@thepicturehouse.org or call 914-738-3161.

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