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Almost There (2015)

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82-year-old Peter Anton has spent decades obsessively chronicling his life in a massive, illustrated autobiography titled "Almost There," and nothing - not poverty, isolation or crippling disabilities - will keep him from sharing his story with the world. Peter's work, which can be best described as "outsider" art (art created outside the cultural mainstream) was made in - and, at times, physically on - his current/childhood home in Northwest Indiana. But with his immediate family now dead, his house has fallen into squalor and his health is failing. What happens when Peter befriends us and we try to help him tell his story and get his work shown publicly for the first time forms the dramatic center of the film. This documentary delves into Peter's controversial art exhibit and documents the tumultuous transition he must make out of his childhood home. Along the way, the directors meet people in Peter's community who like them are compelled to help this charismatic yet curmudgeonly character survive, while asking: Why do they do it? What responsibilities do we have to those in need, and where should boundaries be drawn?

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Narrated by the 83-year-old Anton, the documentary takes on even more emotional punch as you hear the joy, the sadness, the pain, the anticipation in his time-weary voice; no "talking head" could have done his story justice.

December 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Almost There" has some extraordinarily fine elements, but its big reveal destroyed all the goodwill it expected I would feel by film's end. Your mileage may vary.

December 11, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

He's demanding, imperious, self-pitying and manipulative to a degree that would be difficult to accept in a major talent, let alone a wannabe whose work barely rises to the level of paint-by-numbers. Nor is this portrait of him particularly well crafted.

December 10, 2015 | Full Review…

As the filmmakers work through their messy, messed-up place in the life story they're capturing, the film gathers a head of steam.

December 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The observational documentary meets the observer effect in Almost There as filmmakers chronicle how their solitary subject is changed by their own scrutiny.

December 9, 2015 | Full Review…

An involving documentary about complicated filmmaker-subject relations.

December 8, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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