Legally Blind Alumnus Stars in Indie Film

The world beyond Robby Storey’s outstretched arms is mostly a blurry place.

But on a recent evening, with the help of the large silver screen at Angelika Film Center in Dallas and a little squinting, Storey, who has been legally blind since childhood, watched himself play the lead role in a movie premiering at the Dallas International Film Festival.

The high-profile debut of his movie Hold was the biggest break so far for the aspiring actor and writer, a 29-year-old Arlington native and resident who copes with an inherited eye disease called dominant optic atrophy.

Storey and his film colleagues stayed quiet about his disability before festival reviewers picked the film, despite the buzz-creating potential of such a human-interest angle.

“We just didn’t think to mention it,” said Storey, a University of Texas at Arlington graduate. “Independent filmmaking has its own built-in struggles, and this just happened to be an additional one for us.”

The movie, which Storey also wrote, appeared to have plenty of buzz already. One of 160 films chosen for the festival, it was one of six in the Texas Filmmaker category to sell out before its April 10 premiere.


SOURCE: Robert Cadwallader,

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