Documentary Showcase Scales Unprecedented Heights with Climbing Blind

Los Angeles, CA, June 19, 2023 --( Scientology Network’s Documentary Showcase, the weekly series providing a platform for Independent filmmakers to air films on important social, cultural and environmental issues, presents the documentary Climbing Blind.

Documentary Showcase airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Scientology Network.

Climbing Blind tells the riveting and incredible story of blind rock climber Jesse Dufton as he attempts to become the first ever blind lead climber of the Old Man of Hoy, a towering, vertical sandstone stack off the coast of Scotland.

Director Alastair Lee’s exhilarating documentary Climbing Blind follows Jesse Dufton who, though born with a degenerative eye disease that left him nearly blind, has become an expert rock climber. Jesse attempts to be the lead climber of the formidable 450-foot sea stack with his fiancée, Molly Thompson, acting as his eyes. It’s a harrowing proposition given the terrifying drops and churning seas below that await the slightest mistake.

Climbing Blind is the recipient of numerous awards including Grand Prize at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival, Audience Award Best Documentary Feature at the Spokane International Film Festival, Best Film at Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival and many more.

About Alastair Lee

Alastair Lee is a multi-award-winning director and cinematographer specializing in outdoor films. The 20-year industry veteran’s film-making career has taken him to Baffin Island, the jungles of Venezuela and Antarctica, where his stunning photography for film and TV commercials has made him one of the leading forces in his industry with over 100 international awards to his name.

About Jesse Dufton

Jesse Dufton was born with 20 percent central vision and at four years of age was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease that breaks down the retina’s cells. By the time he turned 30, his vision was reduced to only slight light perception with 1–2 percent field of view. He nevertheless took on ever-increasing challenges in rock climbs and took part in world cup events with guidance from Molly Thompson, who would go on to become his wife.

About Documentary Showcase

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Documentary Showcase debuts films weekly from award-winning Independent filmmakers whose goal is to improve society by raising awareness of social, cultural and environmental issues.

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