About the team

Peter Middleton and James Spinney (Writer, Directors) have co-directed award-winning fiction and documentaries, most notably a series of films based upon the audio diaries of John Hull, documenting his experience of blindness. These include Rainfall, winner of the Best Short Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2013, and the Emmy Award-winning Notes on Blindness, commissioned by the New York Times, which premiered at Sundance 2014.

Mike Brett and Steve Jamison (Producers) are co-founders and managing partners of award-winning independent production company, Archer’s Mark. The pair’s debut feature Next Goal Wins won the Mo√´t British Independent Film Award for Best Documentary in 2014, earning them recognition as two of BAFTA’s 2014 Breakthrough Brits and as Screen International Future Leaders for 2015.

Jo-Jo Ellison (Producer) produced the Emmy Award-winning New York Times Op-Doc Notes on Blindness, upon which the 2016 feature film is based. She has worked tirelessly at Archer’s Mark to see the film through from its development phase into physical production in the summer of 2015.

Alex Usborne (Producer) runs 104 Films – the world leaders in disability cinema. The company has produced six feature films (including Special People, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and I Am Breathing), over 60 short films and runs a raft of training and development programs for disabled film talent.

Joakim Sundstr√∂m (Producer) Swedish-born Joakim Sundstr√∂m has worked regularly with acclaimed directors including Michael Winterbottom and Kevin Macdonald. He also collaborated with Fernando Meirelles on his Oscar-winning film The Constant Gardener (2005). In 2013 he won the BAFTA for Best Technical Achievement for Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio (2012) and his work has received nominations from the MPSA’s Golden Reel, the Mo√´t British Independent Film Awards, and the International Press Academy’s Golden Satellite.

Notes on Blindness is a Cinereach grantee.

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