Almost There buzzes into Pierogifest

Filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden mark the final stages of making Almost There this Saturday, with the first public sneak preview of the film to friends, family and Kickstarter backers at Pierogifest in Whiting, Indiana. It was at that very same festival where they first met elderly 'outsider' artist Peter Anton eight years ago, beginning the project that became Almost There.

Tickets are still available for the screening, which takes places at 11:30am Saturday July 26 at the historic Hoosier theater. Get more details on the event and support the film by donating via Kickstarter. The filmmakers are raising finishing funds and have so far raised over $12,000, with $20,000 sought before August 8th.

Ahead of the screening, Dan was interviewed on WBEZ Chicago Public Media's Morning Shift program about the film and subject Peter Anton. Listen to the whole segment and see a few choice phrases below.

The film was also selected by Yahoo Movies as one “5 Cool Kickstarter Movies You Can Fund Right Now." Yahoo were swayed by the “charming pitch video” and Peter’s goofy and charismatic personality.

“Our film lifts the veil back a little bit on the relationship that happens between a subject and a filmmaker,” said Rybicky in an interview with Stephen Saito of Moveable Fest. “It explores the things in that relationship that happen to a lot of the filmmaker friends of mine that make docs, but they never film.”

Previewing the film at his What (not) to Doc blog, top festival programmer Basil Tsiokos stated that "Anton is most decidedly a compelling subject with a rich, complex, and even troubling background that allows the filmmakers to transcend the conventions of a simple, celebratory artist profile." He also notes that film must navigate a complicated storytelling balance as it "brings up provocative questions around filmmaker/subject relationships, and they play instrumental roles in the developments chronicled in Anton’s life."

We hope you'll agree that it does all this successfully when you get a chance to see the film this fall - and support us on Kickstarter so we can bring it to you!

Until, look out for pictures and more from Pierogifest on the film's Facebook and Twitter!