November 10, 2015 9:37 am
The Indie Memphis Film Festival awarded Almost There a Special Jury Prize for "visionary storytelling." Congratulations to Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden (pictured with the giant trophy). After playing over thirty festivals worldwide since its world premiere at DOC NYC 2014, the film has now picked up several awards and accolades: the Unforgettable Award nomination for the subject, Peter Anton, from the Cinema Eye Honors; the Audience Award at the EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF) in Seoul, South Korea; the Top 6 Audience-Rated Film at the Sheffield Doc/Fest; a Special Jury Award for “Complex, Hands-on Storytelling” at the Sarasota Film Festival; Best of the Fest at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival; the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Geneva Film Festival; and the Best Exploration of Documentary Ethics Award by the Columbia Daily Tribune in their coverage of the True/False Film Festival. The film follows the nine-year journey to document the life of Peter Anton, whose 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. Learn more about the film and its unforgettable subject Peter Anton here. Almost There next screens at Houston Cinema Arts Festival on November 15th as part of their special tribute to Kartemquin Films. The festival’s artistic director Richard Herskowitz recently praised the film in an interview with Arts+Culture Texas, calling it “funny and surprising” as well one of his “favorite art docs of the past few years.” The film will also screen at Bisbee Film Festival on November 21st. Stay tuned for more exciting news about how you can see the film very soon!