Aaron Wickenden is a filmmaker with extensive experience as an editor and cinematographer. His recent accomplishments include: Editing and Additional Cinematography for Finding Vivian Maier, which premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Fest, won Best Doc at Miami International and was nominated for the Best Documentary Academy Award. In 2013, Aaron received an Emmy Award nomination for co-editing The Interrupters. Aaron’s editing credits include: The Trials of Muhammad Ali, Scrappers, At The Death House Door, and Sundance 2015 selection Best of Enemies.
Dan Rybicky is an artist and teacher whose photographs, installations, and plays have been seen in venues in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. After receiving his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Dan began working with and consulting in various production capacities for filmmakers Martin Scorsese, John Sayles, and John Leguizamo. Dan is currently an Associate Professor in Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College Chicago where he designs and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses.
Film Synopsis: 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, infirmed, cranky, and solitary, Anton also is funny and utterly resilient. Rybicky and Wickenden’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.
February 16, 2016: Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
February 17, 2016: Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans, LA
February 18, 2016: Challenger Learning Center, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
February 19, 2016: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay, FL