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Catalog No.: FTF-062 | 
In Theaters: December | 
Directors: Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky| 
Length: 93 minutes
 | Year: 2015


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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, infirm, cranky, and solitary, Anton also is funny and utterly resilient. the film'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. (2015 True/False Fest synopsis)

Directed and Produced by Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky
Edited and Cinematography by Aaron Wickenden
Written and Sound recorded by Dan Rybicky
Executive Produced by Justine Nagan and Gordon Quinn
Music Composed by Joshua Abrams

Documentary Subject:  Peter Anton

Festivals: Festivals: DOC NYC, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, True False Film Festival, Geneva Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Sebastopol Film Festival, Midwest Independent Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Arizona International Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Nantucket Film Festival, Indy Film Fest, Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, EBS International Documentary Festival – EIDF, Camden International Film Festival, Big Eddy Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, IF Film Festival – Louisville, Dallas VideoFest, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Driftless Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Bisbee Film Festival 

Almost There was selected to 2015 "best of" lists by:
Ray Pride of Movie City News
Matt Fagerholm of Indie Outlook
Tom Roston of the POV's Documentary Blog
Christopher Campbell of
Sam Adams of Indiewire
Serena Donadoni of the Village Voice
Filmmaker Jeanie Finlay (Orion)
Basil Tsiokos (DOC NYC) 

Special Jury Award for "Visionary Storytelling" at the Indie Memphis Film Festival
The Unforgettable Award for the subject of our film, Peter Anton: CinemaEye Honors, NYC 
The Audience Award at the EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF) in Seoul, South Korea 
The Top 6 Audience-Rated Film at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in Sheffield, England 
Special Jury Award for “Complex, Hands-on Storytelling” at the Sarasota Film Festival
Best of the Fest at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 
The Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Geneva Film Festival
The Best Exploration of Documentary Ethics Award by the Columbia Daily Tribune in their coverage of the True/False Film Festival 


“Fascinating. A quietly spectacular exploration of aging, outsider art, and cats.”
– Sam Adams, Indiewire

“Arresting. Queasy-making.”
– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen.”
- Matt Fagerholm,

“An intriguing, narratively unpredictable work embracing a hornet’s nest of ethical issues.”
– Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“One of the best documentaries of the year.”
– Tom Roston, POV’s Documentary Blog

– John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“Involving…compelling…richer, more troubling than the average outsider artist doc.”
– Benjamin Mercer, The AV Club

“Emotionally charged…the documentary hones in on the ideas of community, about caregiving and giving care, about human nature and humanity, about parenting and becoming parents to the people we once called mom and dad. It is about surviving and survival — or to quote lyrics from another old standard, it’s about dusting yourself off and starting all over again. Because, as we learn from the song — and Peter Anton — nothing is impossible.”
– Miriam Di Nunzio, Chicago Sun-Times

“Innerworldy. Luminous. Evocative.”
– Ray Pride, Newcity

“A richer, more compassionate portrait.”
– Serena Donadoni, Village Voice

“Almost perfect.”
– Christopher Campbell, Nonfics

“A Midwestern Grey Gardens…Rybicky and Wickenden blend the sublimely weird with the rot of decades. It is art, for better or worse, infused with humanity.”
– David D’Arcy, Artinfo

“Closely navigates Anton’s world with a buoyant and organic hand…The filmmakers use him as a lens to view humanity.”
– Donna K, Filmmaker Magazine

“Astonishes with just how much intellectual and emotional depth it’s capable of touching on in its 93 minute running time.”
– Rowe Reviews

“Hilarious, heartbreaking and haunting…a brilliant piece of work and a must-see.”
– Jeff Manes, Post-Tribune

Almost There displays the vulnerability of both filmmaker and subject in such a way that process and product are woven together. As directors Rybicky and Wickendon unravel Peter Anton’s past, they allow themselves to become vulnerable to the audience as well, thus painting a complex portrait of the relationship between filmmaker and subject, art and life, and the joy of coming up from being down.”
– Amy Lee Ketchum, Tiny Mix Tapes

“We want so badly for artists to be geniuses whose lives we can only dream of emulating. Almost There paints a different, more down-to-earth picture. Art is rarely made in a vacuum, no matter how remote or isolated the artist’s environment is.”
– Dmitry Samarov, Rust Belt Magazine

“An undeniable provocation to more deeply consider the nature of documentary practice itself.”
– Michael Castelle, CINE-FILE

Almost There reveals how an individual can connect with others and follow his artistic obsessions despite adversity, even (or especially) if that adversity is himself.”
– Laura Adamczyk, The University of Chicago Magazine

Almost There poignantly tells the tale of community, responsibility, aging, and art.”
– Pamela Powell, Reel Honest Reviews

“Accidental, affectionate, surprising, affirming. See it."
Jeff Truesdell, People Magazine

“A seemingly familiar character study of an outsider artist that becomes a thoroughly self-examining and open-ended rumination on filmmaker-subject complicity, responsibility, and purpose.”
- Eric Hynes, Museum of the Moving Image’s Reverse Shot

"Hilarious, heartbreaking and haunting… A brilliant piece of work, and a must-see."
- Jeff Manes, Post-Tribune

“A definitively human documentary that mixes the idiosyncratic canvas of Grey Gardens with the compassion of Hoop Dreams.”
- Nick Allen, Hollywood Chicago

In Theaters 

December 4th- 10th, 2015
Cinema Village
New York, NY
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December 11th-17th, 2015
Arena Cinema
Los Angeles , CA
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December 11th-17th, 2015
Gene Siskel Film Center
Chicago, IL 
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January 21st, 2016
Philbook Museum of Art
Tulsa, OK
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February 16th, 2016
Carolina Theatre
Greensboro, NC
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February 17th, 2016
Contemporary Arts Center
Greensboro, NC
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February 18th, 2016
FSU Foundation
Tallahassee, FL
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February 19th, 2016
Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs
Cutler Bay, FL
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March 4th, 2016
University of Chicago Film Studies Center
Chicago, IL
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