Follow the five steps below to get the most out of your UnLonely Film Festival experience!
Step 1: Watch the film.
Thirsty struggles to prove he’s a “changed man” to his sister in order to see his daughter once again. He cooks an elaborate dinner for her in his lovely new home and she tries to believe what she sees…
About the FIlmmakers
Shea Sizemore is a writer and director whose passion for film has taken him from Claymation to documentaries to narratives, many of which are set in places he has roots to, like Virginia, Texas, Florida and North Carolina. His work includes projects for INSP TV and Fox Sports, and many other acclaimed shorts made with producer Chip White.
Producer Chip White is originally from the shores of South Carolina (and is the younger brother of Wheel of Fortune’s famous letter-turner Vanna White). He has over 30 years experience in film, TV, and video in Hollywood but relocated back to the Carolinas where he continues to produce and develop projects under the Stack 3 Productions banner
Step 2: Explore these things after watching the film.
- What did you think about Thursty’s brother-in-law coming to him in the final scene of the film and why did he bring the guitar? Have you given someone in your life a second or third chance, or has anyone given you one? If so, what did you learn from the experience?
- Have you found yourself in a situation where you didn’t see yourself clearly or were in denial about what was happening to you? Did anyone help you better understand your situation? Would you do that for someone else?
- Have you ever tried to distance yourself from a former friend or relative? How did that experience change you? Do you approach relationships differently since then?
- Reveal the unexpected layers by drawing an “exquisite corpse” with one or more friends. Fold a piece of full-sized paper accordion-style with at least 5 folds. Then decide on what you will draw together—a person? An animal? An object? Then pass the paper between you and your friends, with each person taking a turn drawing on a fold with at least two continuous lines reaching just around the next fold so that the next person knows where to continue drawing the rough exterior lines of the creature/object. See here for a quick tutorial on the exquisite corpse. At the end, open up the paper to find the final group picture in its full glory.
- Write and send a quick note to someone in your family or in your past with whom you’ve lost touch. Invite a reconnection and look toward a new beginning.
- Thursty’s sign at the end of the film says, “I’m homeless, but I’m not hopeless.” The sign tries to get people to see him differently and to have some compassion for his situation. Can you make a sign encouraging compassion or new understanding around an issue that is important to you and hang it up in a public spot where you think you will get the most traffic? Color is important: it can attract people’s attention and add emphasis to keywords in the message but if there’s too much, the message will be lost in the color. Once your sign is posted, take a picture and post on Instagram or Twitter with a related hashtag, for example, #neverhopeless.
Our Try This page has even more creative expression inspiration!
Step 3: Join in the conversation about the film.
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