September 18, 2015 4:09 pm
In the latest heart-warming newsletter from Almost There, co-directors Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky detail their "magical, life-changing experience" at South Korea's EBS International Documentary Film Festival, where the film won the Audience Award. The newsletter also details their upcoming busy schedule of festival dates, including the 2015 Camden International Film Festival, on Saturday, September 19 at 6:30pm in Rockland, Maine; the Big Eddy Film Festival, on Saturday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m; the Milwaukee Film Festival (screening on Saturday, September 26, Tuesday 29, and Sunday October 4); and at Louisville IF Film Festival, on Saturday, October 3 at 6:30pm. Click here to read more about all these upcoming events, plus a full recap of their incredible Korean trip, replete with photos, video, and a promise of a new collaboration with a Korean artist who will design "a short comic book... but from the point of view of the many cats Peter had at one time." The poster displayed next to this article is the fruit yet another collaboration forged in Korea, specially designed by artist Ram Kim just for the Camden International Film Festival. 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. Find out more at www.almostthereproject.com.