Sculptor/painter Katie Dallam entered the boxing ring for her first professional fight and, 140 blows to the head later, suffered major brain damage. (Her life became the basis for the movie Million Dollar Baby). Irish musician Graham Sharpe’s career was on the rise when advancing tinnitus caused a ringing in his ears so bad that it put an end to his rock-and-roll dreams. Sculptor Alice Wingwall experienced complete loss of sight from a degenerative eye disease. Each managed to struggle, innovate and, ultimately, through their art, transform themselves into someone new.
Unlike many films about artists, Erinnisse and Patryk Rebisz’ impressive feature documentary debut refuses to take the conventional path. No pat interviews or feel-good bromides about the transformative power of art. The filmmakers create original images that seek to mirror what Katie, Graham and Alice are going through. Yes, there will be transformation, but it will be hardearned. Be aware. It’s a journey that may shine its transformative powers on you.
Palm Springs International Film Festival
With special guest Erinnisse Rebisz
Please note that the festival is over 18s only