Selected Film:

The Tables

Selected Film:

The Tables

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About the Filmmaker

Jon Bunning grew up on Air Force bases around the Midwest eventually landing in Omaha, Nebraska. After college, he moved to New York to pursue a career as an advertising creative director. In recent years he branched out into photography and documentary filmmaking. His photo essay on Bhutan was recognized by National Geographic. His first two films were shot entirely by himself, playing the roles of director, producer, cinematographer, and sound recordist. His second documentary The Tables premiered at the acclaimed Ashland Independent Film Festival where it won the audience award for Best Short Documentary. It went on to win over a dozen awards for best documentary and screened at several prestigious festivals including DOC NYC, Nashville Film Festival, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Oscar® qualifying Florida Film Festival.

Dive Even Deeper

Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…

Visualize your community, your heaven.

Consider for a moment what one of the players said: ‘When you find your people, you find your heaven.’

  • Think about a time when you experienced a deep sense of community and belonging.
  • What made the community work so well for you?
  • Take a piece of paper and a pen/pencil and draw a flow chart or other diagram representing the group/community/place and the connections that you made.

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  1. John Frey

    A really wonderful piece about how to make community.

    • Anonymous

      Oh yeah! Thanks!!!

  2. Paula

    A fabulous common denominator community destination, but noteworthy that these are all men! No women regulars? We need more of this type of inclusive, level playing field venues throughout the country. Fewer folks are attending organized religion services; this type of meeting place could help fill the void.

  3. arlene butler

    love this!!! makes me want to go visit!

  4. Deb

    Great story! A good way to bring people together, so many ways the good is passed around.

  5. Anonymous

    I loved this film about loneliness and connection and how one act can change and support the lives of so many. Deeply touching and inspiring.

  6. Lesley

    Very moving. Lovely. Highlights our common humanity. Loved it!

  7. Antonio Bernal

    Just one more example of how the capitalist system creates alienation and misery, and how resilient people are to resist it.Everybody should have a job, guaranteed for life. Police should work in the neighborhoods where they live. Teachers ditto. We will never succeed as a nation until we can have communities that are structurally part of the system. Millions of lives are thrown away as “useless” and “losers” (capitalist words) when those are the very lives we should honor.

  8. Anonymous

    I love how a game of ping pong can bring people together from all walks of life.

  9. anouymous

    It is nice to see something that works and the relationships built on the game. Nice.

  10. Candace Coonrod

    Loved this film! Fabulous community

  11. Richard T Sahara

    It makes me think about living in the moment.

  12. Del

    As they say, “Live in the now”. Add to that, “Create the moment”. This short film captures a part of humanity you don’t always see and being related to the age old game of ping-pong really makes it unique. I enjoyed watching this short film as I reflected on my life and how I care to do more for meaningful personal connection through whatever venue that may be.

  13. RT

    Different types of people joining with a common interest–this is what makes our world work together.

  14. Anonymous

    Great film on how to bring people out that don’t know each other, but have a common interest.

  15. Anonymous

    Amazing to see so many from different walks of life being in community together.

  16. Anonymous

    Absolutely amazing! Heartwarming! Refreshing!

  17. Anonymous

    A mentor can improve a life. He said he would have been in jail or dead had not someone believed in him.

  18. Cheryl Sedoris

    What an absolutely wonderful story! love the slices of life that you present. Technology at it’s best. Thank you so much for having this wonderful format of sharing peoples stories and lives.

  19. Meg Backas

    Beautiful story! Bryant Park is on my list of places to visit next time I’m in NYC.

  20. brigitte

    A piece of real life which is touching, vibrant, and joyful. Humanity as we all should experience it…
    I love the way it is filmed, not avoiding the truth and not forcing our tears, giving us enough to understand and enough to guess, mostly focusing on what is so essential: our community of people.


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