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Almost There

Almost There documentary movie screening for one night only at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, MI on February 21, 2015 at 8 pm.

02/21  |  8:00 PM

Tickets for the movie and filmmaker panel are $10 ($8 for UICA members), and will be available at the UICA Guest Services desk starting on 1/20/15.

Directed By: Aaron Wickenden, Dan Rybicky
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 93 Minutes
MPAA Rating: N/A
Origin: USA

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts will host the Michigan premiere of the new documentary film ALMOST THERE on February 21 at 8:00 pm. The movie’s co-director will be on hand for the one-night-only screening, and will participate in a moderated Q & A with Artprize’s Kevin Buist and Heartside Ministry's Sarah Scott after the film.

ALMOST THERE is a coming-of-(old)-age story about 83-year-old Peter Anton, an "outsider" artist living in isolated and crippling conditions whose world changes when two filmmakers discover his work and storied past. Shot over eight years, ALMOST THERE documents Anton's first major exhibition, and how the controversy it generates forces him to leave his childhood home. Each layer revealed reflects on the intersections of social norms, elder care, and artistic expression.

The Grand Rapids screening of ALMOST THERE will follow the recent Chicago premiere, which sold out two nights at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The Chicago Sun-Times called the film, “…the highlight” of the Siskel Center's 2015 Stranger Than Fiction doc showcase.

Dan Rybicky is a film professor at Columbia College Chicago. Aaron Wickenden is the editor of 2015 Academy Award Best Documentary-nominated film Finding Vivian Maier, and Sundance Film Festival 2015 selection Best of Enemies. Wickenden is also in the running for an American Cinema Editors (ACE) award for Finding Vivian Maier.