The film is screening at the Vimeo Showroom 2 on June 7, as part of the festival's Global Encounters strand. Sheffield's description of the film: "Back in 2006, Peter Anton had a portraiture tent set up at a local Indiana pierogi fair. Witty, toothless, and dishevelled, he drew the attention of two filmmakers who happened to be passing by. Placed next to him was a massive daytripper bag filled with hand-crafted journals, each and every one of which was titled “Almost There”. They make up a compulsively recorded autobiography that spans over volumes and brims with anecdotes, sidenotes, drawings, and captioned photos. “One of the final goals of my life is to tell my story,” he says. Over the next seven years, Peter and his directors-friends-carers “Dan and Aaron” helped to make that happen. They developed a loving yet difficult co-dependency that was marred by the revelation of a shameful secret. Operating at different levels of reverence, exploitation, and honest reflection — “I’m not a project, I’m your friend”, cried Anton — this moving film is as much about documentary making as it is about the octogenarian’s “ne’er-of-age.”
We're delighted to have another film at Sheffield, where The Interrupters (of which Aaron Wickenden was co-editor) won the Jury Prize in 2011, and which held the UK premiere of Life Itself. Kartemquin's Director of Communications and Distribution Tim Horsburgh will also again be returning to the festival's Meet Market to learn about new projects, as well as handling potential sales for several new Kartemquin films.
The new comes soon after the film was announced as an official selection of the 2015 Nantucket Film Festival, held June 24-29. Aaron and Dan were quickly interviewed by the festival, stating that "the more we got involved, though, the harder it was to just walk away – which is what Almost There dramatizes."
One of the most striking elements of Almost There is the environmental cinematography of David Schalliol, depicting vignettes of life in the Northwestern Indiana towns Peter Anton lives in. In a new article in Satellite Magazine David shares many of the beautiful images from the film, and explains how his work begins by "trying to understand how a place’s history influences its present."
Watch the film's trailer and find out more at www.almostthereproject.com.
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