‘Do The Grind Blind’ Documentary Screening

Blind Beginnings invites you to attend a film screening and panel discussion on the feature-length AMI documentary about our ‘Do The Grind Blind’ challenge on Sunday November 12, 2017!

About the Film

On September 10, 2017, nine youth who are blind or partially sighted, each with a sighted guide, challenged themselves physically and mentally to reach the top of Grouse Mountain. The Grinders each had their own reasons for doing The Grind®. Some did it to show doubters they can achieve anything they set their mind to. Others did it to challenge themselves physically and mentally. All invested in their own well-being while creating awareness about blindness and the capabilities of youth who are blind or partially sighted.

Do The Grind Blind

Image: Group photo at the top of Grouse Mountain. Everyone is wearing white t-shirts that say “Disability Pride” on the front. The back row of people are holding their hiking poles in the air.

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) has produced a feature-length documentary on Do The Grind Blind. Their production team followed our youth from the very first training hike through to the completion of the event, highlighting their stories along the way. The film will be shown with *Integrated Described Video and, following the screening, we will have a panel discussion with some of the youth featured in the film as well as the film producer, Amit Tandon.

Event Details

When: November 12, 2017 at 2:00-4:00pm. *Doors open at 1:30

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC)

The theatre is located in SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – a five minute walk from Stadium-Chinatown Station. The main entrance is located in the courtyard on the North side of the building at the corner of Cambie Street and Cordova Street.  The building is also accessible via the doors on the South side of the building at 149 Hastings Street, which is the block between Cambie and Abbot Street.

*Food and beverages are not permitted in the theatre.


Thank you to SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs for their generous support in co-presenting this event.


Walking directions to Simon Fraser University’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts from Stadium-Chinatown Station:

  • Head northeast on Beatty Street for 190m
  • Turn right onto West Pender Street for 65m
  • Turn left onto Abbott Street for 100m
  • Turn left onto West Hastings Street – destination will be on the right in 110m

Who: Anyone and everyone are welcome to attend!

Cost: Admission is free. Tickets must be reserved online through Eventbrite. Please consider making a donation to Blind Beginnings in lieu of an admission fee. Cash, cheque, and credit card donations will be accepted on-site and the first 100 donors will receive a complimentary AMI water bottle!

There will be a 50/50 draw, and our youth-made braille greeting cards will be for sale at the event; all proceeds benefitting Blind Beginnings.

Accessibility Information

Integrated Described Video
The film will be shown with Integrated Described Video (IDV). IDV is a method of producing film and television content for blind and partially sighted audiences from the ground up, whereby the identification of key visual elements is incorporated into the pre-production, production and post-production phases, so that traditional described video is not required after the program has been packaged.
Wheelchair Accessibility
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts is accessible for people using wheelchairs. The Hastings Street entrance is at ground level, while the Cordova Courtyard entrance can be accessed by a ramp outside the Woodward’s Westbank Atrium. The entrance to the ramp is across from JJ Bean Coffee. Inside the building, the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema is on the second floor, accessible by elevator.

Accessible Media Inc.

Image: AMI Logo (Accessible Media Inc. AMI-audio | AMI-tv | AMI- télé)

AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal.  AMI is proud to support Blind Beginnings in its mission to help children who are blind or partially sighted develop skills and increase their confidence and independence.

Any questions about this event can be directed Lisa at lisa@blindbeginnings.ca or by calling (604) 434-7243. We look forward to enjoying this film with you!