On a beach, blind swimmer Corvin Baazan, wearing a wetsuit is pictured right. He is tethered to a guide swimmer also in a wetsuit, pictured left.

LightHouse to Screen Cold Refuge, a Film about Open Water Swimmers, May 9

LightHouse for the Blind invites our students, volunteers, staff and community members to a free screening of the documentary Cold Refuge. This film is presented as part of our 1155 Performance Salon series.

Cold Refuge, by local documentary filmmaker Judy Irving, is about the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of full immersion in the natural world: how, though it may seem counter-intuitive, swimming in cold water helps mitigate some of life’s most serious challenges.
 
The film’s diverse film subjects include a wheelchair-using, paralyzed swimmer who faces fear by diving off a high pier; a Black man who was told by white people when he was 13 that “Black people don’t swim” (it took him 30 years to try); a blind man who tethers himself to a sighted swimmer; a woman with aggressive breast cancer who “swims to chemo;” a lawyer who reduces courtroom stress in the open water; and a young woman who communes with her late mother in San Francisco Bay, where they both swam together.

The blind swimmer is Corvin Baazan, a deafblind triathlete who recently joined LightHouse’s Accessible User Experience department as a Support Tester. Stay after the film for a Q&A with Corvin, along with the filmmaker and sound designer. The Q&A will be hosted by Enchanted Hills Camp Director Tony Fletcher.
 
The film will have audio description and open captioning.
 
Learn more about the film Cold Refuge.
 
What: 1155 Performance Salon Screening of Cold Refuge followed by Q&A
When: Thursday, May 9, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1155 Market St. 10th Floor, San Francisco (Directions to LightHouse San Francisco)
RSVP: To Maia Scott at MScott@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7608.
 
The 1155 Performance Salon is made possible thanks to a City and County of San Francisco, Office of Economic and Workforce Development grant.

RSVP for Cold Refuge screening

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