Delmar Williams first encountered the oboe in junior high school and has been fascinated with it ever since. Now in his fifties, Delmar has conducted his life in relentless pursuits of the oboe and classical music.
“DELMAR,” a 30-minute documentary by oboist and first-time filmmaker Matt Dine, reveals the passions, challenges and escapades of this colorful resident of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Through personal account and recollections of others, we learn of Delmar’s obsession with the oboe, his late-in-life diagnosis of Asperger’s, his extensive travel to more than 80 countries, and the appreciation of musicians worldwide that follow his daily posts and emails.
The story of DELMAR marches along in a lyrical and light-hearted voice with original music composed by Mick Rossi. Classical orchestrations by the Charlotte Symphony underscore scenes requiring a more serious tone.
With each of the film’s 17 chapters, a new functional title for Delmar is added, contributing to an understanding of this singularly obsessed but multi-faceted character.
In the final chapter, “Rach Star,” Delmar is backstage listening to Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. His enthusiasm is apparent as he whistles, comments, snaps his fingers, and mock conducts with his hands. He approaches the camera opening his hands with the final upswing of the music as the screen goes to black.
Following the credits, there are four comical outtakes.
DELMAR celebrates a kind-hearted eccentric who does not let obstacles stand in the way of enjoying life’s journey.