Rufus is going to the HHS, a school in Hamburg. This school is quite unique because it allows blind and sight handicapped pupils to visit a normal school. Blind Integration shows one day in the life of Rufus Witt, from the early morning to noon: how he reads braille, takes part in the biology subject and other things.
Blind Integration was maybe the most succesfull Pinguin TV film: it was broadcasted on the Offener Kanal and the main program of the Abgezoomt video festival. Jan Twesten, Rufus Witt and I were allowed to leave school for one day and we could see our film on a big movie screen. We also did a short film at the video festival called Abgezoomt '94.
Rufus Witt had the idea for this film, I think. This documentation was my final film for the school subject Video. I got a very good mark from the teacher (a "1" which is like an "A" in the US). Luckily for me, the first film I made in the subject, The Barrel, did not have much influence on the final mark.
- One of the few films which were finished quickly. It uses a mixture of interview and documentation parts.
- A later cut was shorter than the first one, because a scene which showed Rufus as an actor was too long and distracting.
- The only (broadcasted) Pinguin TV film that was neither cut at the Offener Kanal nor at home. There was a small room in the Heinrich Hertz School with two video recorders. Blind Integration was also one of the few films which were shot in VHS - the other films are usually shot in SuperVHS or MiniDV.
- There are few strange camera positions in Blind Integration. Some of them were borrowed from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho!
- One of the documentary scenes showed Rufus during biology. This subject (and the teacher) appeared in two films: The non-released Drug Paradise showed common things you could get addicted to: comics, video games, sweets etc. .
Documentation, D 1994, 19 Min.
Original title: Blindenintegration
Music: It's a Hard Life, The Night Comes Down (Queen)
Format: PAL VHS
Camera: Matthias Jaap
Actors: Rufus Witt, D. Ihonor, Heike Viereck
Broadcast date: 17.11.1994 19:00 Uhr Offener Kanal Hamburg, Abgezoomt '94 (video festival), 30.9.1994 19:00 Uhr Excerpts shown in a broadcast by the Offener Kanal of the video festival, 14.02.1996 18:30 Uhr Offener Kanal Hamburg
Article about "Blind Integration" in the Abgezoomt magazine. (click to view)