Using stories of three artists who have lost a sense defining their art, this visual essay explores meaning of images, fragility of memories and desire for relevance in today's world. A photographer, who is blind, questions the power of images in today's image saturated culture. Forced to give up his dream of playing music due to his hearing loss, musician must reinvent his future. A painter, who was the inspiration for the Academy Award winning film MILLION DOLLAR BABY, searches for her place in life unsure of what she should be to the world. The film attempts to ask what it takes for someone to keep on going in times of uncertainty, and uses unique film form to produce the answers.
- American Cinematographer Award for Best Cinematography - Salem FF
- FIPRESCI Award - Krakow FF
- Best Doc and Best Film - Trenton FF
- Katie Dallam
- Graham Sharpe
- Alice Wingwall
- Patryk Rebisz
- Erinnisse Rebisz
- Graham Sharpe
- Colin Stetson
- TUPELO PRODUCTIONS
The visually meditative aspects of SHOULDER THE LION are very much in the tradition of "Baraka" and "Samsara," but with more focused and personal subject matter.
Superbly crafted art film. [...] Don't miss this one if art is in any way part of your life. Even more so if it is not.
Far from ordinary. [...] This is no run of the mill documentary.
Visual treat about some very abstract notions and ideas.
Exciting your senses, SHOULDER THE LION has opened the doors for artistic cinematic storytelling in the documentary format for many years to come.
SHOULDER THE LION is one of the more unique documentaries I’ve seen — and a work of art in itself.
Erinnisse, is a seasoned editor for television and film, born and based in NYC. Her credits include numerous unscripted TV shows and documentaries such as WHAT NOT TO WEAR, 24 HOUR RESTAURANT BATTLE, TOY HUNTER, CANDY QUEEN, JERSEY COUTURE, AMERICAN PICK OFF and IMAGINATION UNLEASHED AND ARTISAN'S JOURNEY. MADONNA OF THE MILLS a feature-length documentary she edited premiered on HBO in 2011 and was nominated for a Genesis Award for Best Television Documentary. SHOULDER THE LION is her debut feature as a director.
Patryk, from Poland but residing in New York City, is a director/director of photography. He has shot and directed hundreds of various productions, almost a dozen featurelength films, numerous music videos as well as commercials and television shows. His short film BETWEEN YOU AND ME has garnered him worldwide awards and recognition for its innovative use of still photography. SHOULDER THE LION is his debut in a roll of a featurelength director.