Buffalo 8 has acquired Worldwide rights to Juice Groove Films’ documentary Blind Eye Artist, about the inspirational life story and unique visual style of art sensation Justin Wadlington. Following the film’s run on the regional film festival circuit, Blind Eye Artist, directed by Ashwin Chaudhary and produced by Jonathan Korn, is set release on major streaming platforms including Amazon, Vudu, and others on October 6.
The feature film debut by the filmmaking team of Chaudhary and Korn, Blind Eye Artist focuses on Wadlington, his creative approach and inspiration acrylic painting, and the path his life took following a tragic accident that left him blind in one eye at the age of 5. Growing up without parents in the inner city of Philadelphia, which amounted to a constant struggle to survive in emergency shelters and group homes, he re-discovered his childhood passion for art while in the break room at his day job as a young man, eventually building a new identity for himself as the Blind Eye Artist.
Today, Justin’s artwork has reached the upper tiers of the art world with numerous famous and influential people (including Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Hart, and Brooke Shields) among his fans and clients. Now as an established artist, Justin seeks to inspire kids who from all backgrounds to believe that they can do anything they put their mind to.
Chaudhary and Korn said, with “Blind Eye Artist, we felt a great responsibility to share Justin’s story and introduce this very special person and truly unique artistic vision to the world. We are thrilled that Buffalo 8 saw what we saw as filmmakers and was inspired by the film and decided to champion it. We look forward to the film gaining a wide audience thanks to Buffalo 8 and maybe being a source of inspiration for children and others that could use a guiding force like Justin, and example of what they can achieve despite a myriad of challenges as exemplified by his life.”
“We are thrilled to bring Justin Wadlington’s extraordinary story to global audiences,” stated Buffalo 8’s Head of Distribution, Nikki Stier Justice. “This documentary is a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of art.”
The deal was negotiated by Nikki Stier Justice on behalf of Buffalo 8 and Juice Groove Films’ Jonathan Korn and Ashwin Chaudhary.