On his 18th birthday, Canada's Ryan Knighton was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a congenital disease marked by a progressive pathology of night-blindness, tunnel vision, and eventually total blindness. Knighton's internationally acclaimed third book, Cockeyed, is his irreverent memoir of going blind, growing up, and getting both wrong. The book was short listed for several awards, including the Stephen Leacock medal, Canada's national award for humor, and was chosen as one of People Magazine's hottest reads. In 2008, Knighton was the Sloan Fellow at the highly competitive Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, where he developed Cockeyed's screenplay. knighton has also been contracted to write a screen adaptation of Ronald Wright's award-winning archeological thriller, A Scientific Romance. To date, Knighton has also written numerous satirical and comic essays for Esquire, The New York Times, Salon, The Believer, The Sunday Telegraph, The
Utne Reader, and The Globe and Mail. He is currently contracted to Knofp for two further memoirs. He is also a frequent contributor to the CBC, writing and performing radio documentaries and monologues. A feature documentary film by Scott Smith will be released in 2008, "As Slow As Possible", which chronicles Knighton's participation in the longest, slowest song ever performed. Now in the final stage before total blindness, only 1% of his visual field refuses to quit. As for interests, he has a few, but none involve sports or sudden
movements. Every year he adds another tattoo to his collection, and hopes it comes close to what he imagines.
The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund | 2009