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A Tribute to Gordon Gund: The Illumination

Thursday, April 13, 2017
5:00 p.m.

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Honoree Gordon Gund expected.


The Gund family has steadfastly supported SFFILM for many years, and we would not be the robust organization we are today without their assistance. Gordon Gund, with wife Lulie and other dedicated leaders, founded the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) in 1971 to find cures for retinal diseases at a time when very little was known about those vision-robbing diseases. Over the past 45 years, the Foundation has raised over $700 million in its effort to reverse blindness and restore vision. In this newly initiated program focusing on philanthropy, SFFILM pays tribute to Gordon and his generous support for the research, treatments, and accomplishments of the FFB.

When Gordon Gund went blind in 1970 at age 30 due to retinitis pigmentosa, he resolved to find a cure for the disease and created the Foundation Fighting Blindness. After decades of scientific research, a major breakthrough emerged, and this short film showcases the inspirational story of a 17-year-old Belgian boy who is a beneficiary of this work.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Tom Scott is a producer and filmmaker whose projects have included Go Get Some Rosemary (2009) and the TV series The Neistat Brothers (2010) and Alter Egos (2011). He is also a co-founder of the Nantucket Project, which Scott says, “identifies vital ideas of our time. We work with spirited thinkers and creators to transform those ideas into works of art, what we call “miracles,” to share with you.” He is also the creator of Nantucket Nectars.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2016
  • Running time: 20
  • Director(s): Tom Scott