Shoulder The Lion
Spirit - Will - Loss
Directed by Patryk Rebisz, Erinnisse Rebisz
Patryk and Erinnisse Rebisz’s feature documentary debut looks at artists who tried to use their art to overcome their own disabilities. A photographer, who is blind, questions the power of images in today’s visually saturated culture. Forced to give up his dream of playing music due to his advancing hearing loss, musician must reinvent his future. A painter who lost half her brain, who was also 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.The viewers are taken on a journey into the lives of these artists through haunting images that avoid prosaic documentation. Talking is largely eschewed in favor of meaningful shots trying to put form to the indescribable, making for a rare film that is more an artwork in itself.