The story of an artist buried in his past.

By its quietly satisfying ending, Almost There provides enough human drama for a season of soap operas, along with deep insights into mental illness, aging in America, and the redemptive power of art.

“Quietly spectacular” – IndieWire

“Affectionate, surprising, affirming… SEE IT” – People Magazine

“A poignant, humane, sharp-eyed look at Peter Anton, a miserable wretch of a man at the end of his life… one of the best documentaries of the year… “ – POV

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 is funny,quirky and utterly resilient.

“Works its way to its warm, fuzzy finale” – Roger

Originally broadcast nationally on PBS 2016

• Winner: Special Jury Award for “Visionary Storytelling” / Indie Memphis Film Festival

• Winner: Audience Award / EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF)

• Winner: Special Jury Prize / Sarasota Film Festival

• Jury Award Finalist / Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

• Winner: Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award / Geneva Film Festival

• Winner: Best Editing / Midwest Independent Film Festival “Best of the Midwest” Awards

• Official Selection: Bisbee Film Festival

• Official Selection: Cork International Film Festival

• Official Selection: Houston Cinema Arts Festival

• Official Selection: Milwaukee Film Festival

• Official Selection: Indie Memphis Film Festival

• Official Selection: Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

• Official Selection: Camden International Film Festival

• Official Selection: Opening Night Film: Driftless Film Festival

• Official Selection: Louisville IF Film Fest

• Official Selection: Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

• Official Selection: Nantucket Film Festival

• Official Selection: Arizona Film Festival

• Official Selection: Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival

93 minutes on 1 disc / Color / 2014 / Directed by Aaron Wickenden & Dan Rybicky 


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