Factory 25 to release Almost There in theaters and on VOD this December

We are delighted to announce that Factory 25 has acquired the rights to Kartemquin's Almost There.

The multiple festival award-winning film is the directorial debut by Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden (editor of Finding Vivian Maier, Best of Enemies, The Interrupters and The Trials of Muhammad Ali).

Factory 25 and Kartemquin are premiering the film theatrically on December 4th in New York City at Cinema Village and on December 11th in Los Angeles at Arena Cinema and in Chicago at The Gene Siskel Film Center followed by screenings across the country through winter. The co-directors and special guests will attend screenings in each city; see below for for full details.

The film will also be streaming digitally on December 5th via Fandor’s subscription service followed by iTunes, Vimeo, Amazon VUDU, X-Box, Sony Playstation and other many other digital outlets.

Almost There, about the two filmmakers' discovery and complicated curation and caretaking of elderly "outsider" artist Peter Anton, world premiered at DOC NYC 2014 and was an audience favorite at True/False 2015 and in its international premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015. It has been honored with a Special Jury Award at the Sarasota Film Festival for "complex hands-on storytelling" and a Special Jury Award at Indie Memphis for "Visionary Storytelling." It also won the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award in Geneva, and the Audience Award at EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF) in South Korea.

Just yesterday, Almost There was nominated for the 2016 Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight Award. The film's subject, Peter Anton, was also listed in the Cinema Eye Honors' "Unforgettables," which honors "the year’s most notable and significant non-fiction film subjects."

In co-director Dan Rybicky's words: "We're so thrilled that our project, which started in 2006 with Aaron and I going to Pierogi Fest to see the World's Largest Pierogi, has brought us to this amazing moment. We can't thank everyone at Kartemquin Films enough for their unending support over what has been almost a decade of hard work—and we can't wait to share what we've made nationwide with what will be our largest audience yet. Hooray for art!"

Almost There
For many, Peter Anton’s house embodies an end-of-life nightmare: the utility companies long ago shut off the heat and electricity, the floorboards are rotting, and the detritus of a chaotic life is precariously stacked to the ceiling. But for the filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, Anton’s home is a treasure trove, a startling collection of unseen and fascinating paintings, drawings, and notebooks, not to mention Anton himself, a character worthy of his own reality TV show. Though aging, infirm, cranky, and solitary, Anton also is funny and utterly resilient. the film's remarkable journey follows a gifted artist through startling twists and turns. By its quietly satisfying ending, Almost There has provided enough human drama for a season of soap operas, plus insights into mental illness, aging in America, and the redemptive power of art.

Almost There Official Trailer (2015 Documentary HD) from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo.

Directed and Produced by Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky; Edited and Cinematography by Aaron Wickenden; Written and Sound recorded by Dan Rybicky; Executive Produced by Justine Nagan and Gordon Quinn; Music Composed by Joshua Abrams

Documentary Subject: Peter Anton

Festivals: DOC NYC, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, True False Film Festival, Geneva Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Sebastopol Film Festival, Midwest Independent Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Arizona International Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Nantucket Film Festival, Indy Film Fest, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, EBS International Documentary Festival – EIDF, Camden International Film Festival, Big Eddy Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, IF Film Festival – Louisville, Dallas VideoFest, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Driftless Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Bisbee Film Festival, Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

In Theaters
December 4th-10th, 2015
Cinema Village
New York, NY
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Filmmakers attending opening weekend

December 11th-17th, 2015
Arena Cinema
Los Angeles , CA
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Filmmakers attending opening weekend

December 11th-17th, 2015
Gene Siskel Film Center
Chicago, IL
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Filmmakers attending ALL screenings

January 21st, 2016
Philbook Museum of Art
Tulsa, OK
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February 16th, 2016
Carolina Theatre
Greensboro, NC
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February 17th, 2016
Contemporary Arts Center
Greensboro, NC
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February 18th, 2016
FSU Foundation
Jacksonville, FL
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February 19th, 2016
Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs
Cutler Bay, FL
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March 4th, 2016
University of Chicago Film Studies Center
Chicago, IL
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FACTORY 25 is a Brooklyn-based independent film + music label founded in 2009 by Matt Grady. FACTORY 25 releases films theatrically, digitally, on DVD, and curates provocative limited edition DVD/vinyl combination packages. Specializing in indie niche projects, FACTORY 25 is committed to delivering films and music in perfect analog or digital quality. In addition to Almost There indie film label Factory 25 released the critically acclaimed Kid Thing, Little Feet, Ape, Jobriath A.D., All the Light in the Sky, Sun Don't Shine, Marvin, Seth and Stanley The Sheik and I, The Color Wheel, Green, Francine, The Oregonian, Richard's Wedding, Fake It So Real, Bad Fever, Convento, Frownland, Shit Year, You Wont Miss Me, Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be the Same, New York Export: Opus Jazz, Rio Breaks, New Jerusalem, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, Until The Light Takes Us, Wah Do Dem, Kids of Today, Two Gates of Sleep, Family Jams and Make out With Violence, Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, Homemakers, The Other Side of Sleep, Buttons and Pavilion.

KARTEMQUIN FILMS is a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. In 2016 Kartemquin will celebrate 50 years of sparking democracy through documentary. A revered resource within the film community on issues of fair use, ethics, story and civic discourse, Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by audience and community engagement strategies, and for its innovative media arts community programs. The organization has won every major critical and journalistic prize, including multiple Emmy, Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards, Independent Spirit, IDA, PGA and DGA awards, and an Oscar nomination. Their recent films include Steve James’ Life Itself; Usama Alshaibi’s American Arab; Bill Siegel's The Trials of Muhammad Ali; Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare’s The Homestretch; Joanna Rudnick’s On Beauty; Brent Huffman’s Saving Mes Aynak; and Hard Earned, a six-hour series for Al Jazeera America. For the 50th anniversary of Kartemquin Films, several organizations in Chicago and around the country will host a series of screenings and events to celebrate the impact of our work, and the power of documentary to inspire storytelling for years to come. Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Chicago.