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When he was a toddler, Alonzo Clemons suffered a brain injury. It forever changed the way he learns and communicates but also the way he interprets the world around him. Very early it became clear to Alonzo that he had to sculpt. He was institutionalized for ten years in a state hospital which wasn't a pleasant experience, but he continued to find ways to make delicate figures with his hands. When they wouldn't give him clay, he would scrape warm tar from the parking lot.
Despite his limitations Alonzo continues to sculpt outside of Boulder, Colorado.
The film was produced in partnership with What I Thought I Saw, a photo-story traveling exhibit and book that tells stories of people we may have otherwise over-looked.
Director of Photography: Travis Pitcher
Directed by Joseph LeBaron
Additional shooters, Johua Brandt and Micah Dahl Anderson
Sound Capture by Micah Dahl Anderson
Song licensed from Kishi Bashi, "I Am The AntiChrist" kishibashi.com/
Executive Producer — Emily Stuart-Pontier, Greencard
Producer — Melody Roscher
Director of Photography — Matthew J. Santo, ICM
Casting — Nina Day
Wardrobe — Tiina Laakkonen, Streeters
Hair — Didier Malige, Art Partner
Makeup — Tatyana Makarova, The Wall Group
Production Designer — Gerard Santos, Streeters
Editor — Mike Sobo
Editor — Morgan Faust
Post Producer — Adam Lytle
Colorist — Tim Masick, Company 3
Colorist — Stuart Wheeler, Smoke & Mirrors
Mixer — Jonathan Schenke
2013 Austin Film Festival
2013 SF Docfest
2013 Sidewalk Film Festival (Winner: Best Documentary Short)
2013 Indie Memphis Film Festival (Winner: Special Jury Prize)
2013 Cucalorus Film Festival
A practical and theoretical treatise on the artisanal craft of pencil sharpening. The number one #2 pencil sharpener in the world, David Rees takes viewers through the delicate process of sharpening a pencil by hand.
a film by KENNETH PRICE
written by DAVID REES
camera operator DAVID HAMBRIDGE
sound mixer JUSTIN DRUST
composer FRANCIS DYER
After being captivated by the poems of Henry Ponder - a little-known British poet who takes the time to ponder the beauty and absurdity of the everyday - Naresh Ramchandani has created a short film to celebrate Henry's thoughtful perspective on life.
Produced and directed by Chris Dada, DOP Oliver Schofield, titles by Harry Pearce and Alex Brown, art direction by Sasha Webster, editing by Bunuel Bounds, assistant director Ruaridh Webster, assistant camera Lami Okrekson, title animation by Steven Qua, music by Graeme Miller, sound design by Iain Grant, poems by Henry Ponder.
One thing I learned from sitting in traffic is that nothing ever happens. Yup, exactly, hours of ‘nothing ever happens’. Thousands of people staring into their phones, waiting for the lights to change.
On this particular day, however, God prepared something very special for me, I met Reggie.
You know that awkward moment at the stoplight when a man or woman in need walks by your window asking for some pocket change and you start anxiously pretending to be looking at your phone? That’s how I met Reggie.
He approached my car with his tiny jar looking for change, I reached into my wallet to see if I had any, and all I could find was a $20 bill. “That’s too much for him”, I thought. At this time, as he was close enough to me so that I could see his face. I was stunned! I have never seen anything like that before. His face was disfigured from burn marks and his speech was affected.
I didn’t feel any fear or pity, I just remember having a very clear thought that this man needs the $20 bill in my wallet way more than I did. The man said ‘thank you’, and kept going.
Have you ever met someone with a story? This man had a story, and I decided I wanted to learn it.
As he was walking away, I said:
What’s your name?
Reggie, he said.
What happened to you, Reggie? Considering his looks, I thought that’s a questions he’s been asked many times before.
I was in a fire.
Did your house catch on fire?
No, I set myself on fire…
I was stunned. Why would anyone set themselves on fire? I couldn't squeeze a word out for some time. The light was about to change, but I was determined to find out more. I asked Reggie if I could come back to hear his story, and he kindly agreed.
I was back on Reggie’s corner 2 days later. In the next 8 minutes you’ll hear his story. This accidental encounter has brought a lot of positivity in my life. I only ask that you pay close attention to what he’s got to say. His current attitude towards life, driven by the conclusions he made through his difficult times, is just as important as the journey itself.
We honk at other cars in traffic, we cuss at slow drivers, we are so angry and impatient all the time. And then, there’s Reggie. He carries the burden and pain of his prior mistakes, and yet there’s not a glimpse of negativity. Reggie isn’t blaming anyone, he isn’t out for revenge or justice. Reggie is, for me, a refreshing reminder to be grateful and aware of all the beautiful people and precious moments in our lives. He also reminded me that there is always more to someone than what appears on the surface. We’re too quick to judge, to place a label and dismiss, to hide our faces in our phones to avoid eye contact.
So, my friend, stop for a moment and listen. After all, you might be sitting in traffic right now, and someone with a story like Reggie’s could be walking past you.