When the nights grow long with the coming of winter, Bill gets busy putting up Christmas lights. But Bill is blind!
Each year, when the nights grow long with the coming of winter, Bill starts decorating his house and yard with Christmas lights. But Bill is blind, having lost his sight at the tender age of 10. Nevertheless, he makes his way about the wintry yard, stringing lights to trees, hanging candy canes and stars, and setting up a little stable in the corner of the yard. He uses the oddest assortment of lights and the design is a little haphazard, but there is a charming beauty to Bill's display that brightens the long winter nights. "Let There Be Light" is a story of the enduring vision and indomitable spirit of one man; a Christmas story in which light is not overcome by darkness.
To tell the story of Bill, Beth is excited to collaborate once again with award winning filmmakers, Ric Gustavsen (cinematographer) and Sarah Taylor (editor). Their previous collaboration was the feature doc "Brothers in the Buddha" (2014).
LET THERE BE LIGHT will be filmed in the front yard of the home of Bill Thompson. We will observe Bill as he methodically decorates his house and yard with Christmas lights. While he goes about his work, a gentle Christmas melody will play. Bill’s task and story will seem unremarkable until, in time, it is revealed that he is blind.
Close attention will be given to Bill's methodical process; to the way in which he uses his hands and feet to navigate the space he moves in; his tactile examination of trees; his bold mounting of a ladder to string lights up high; and his tender arrangement of a stable with a Christmas deer. Close framing of the shots will delay the revelation that Bill is blind.
LET THERE BE LIGHT features Bill Thompson who became blind at the tender age of 10. Bill is an engaging and articulate man who will share with the audience the story of his blinding, why he decorates his house in lights he cannot see, and what he sees in his mind's eye. The story is a celebration of his enduring vision and strength of spirit.