From the director: Blindsided documents 15 years in the life of Patricia Livingstone, a feisty artist losing her sight and hearing while trying to survive her abusive girlfriend. Combined with Patricia’s unique collection of home videos, the film documents the couple’s romance, abuse, break up and, finally, friendship. When a cochlear implant restores most of Patricia’s hearing, she picks herself up and finds a new love online. This epic story – conveyed with a tone set by the quirky humor of Patricia’s narration — shines a light on domestic abuse, disability, forgiveness, and what it truly means to be independent.
Trigger warning for depictions of an abusive relationship.
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Lisa Olivieri has worked in the television industry in numerous roles including Associate Producer for over 15 years. She has worked with a number of independent filmmakers on various documentaries. Her work has aired on Discovery Channel, History Channel, Lifetime Network and PBS, including David Sutherland’s critically acclaimed series, The Farmer’s Wife and Kind Hearted Woman. She was named one of the “Men and Women Who Make A Difference” by Boston Spirit Magazine for her work on Blindsided. Lisa has received national grants from The LEF Foundation, Frameline Film and Video Completion Fund, Women in Film Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Blindsided is her first independently produced film. Currently she teaches video production and technology at a Boston-area middle school.