A format-bending short documentary featuring Robert Wilmote, a Liberian refugee forced to flee the most drastic and terrible circumstances imaginable. Having narrowly escaped war in Africa, Robert’s struggles continue in the U.S. when he succumbs to the gangster life, becoming a convicted felon in Newark, New Jersey. At his absolute bottom, Robert realized he was meant for greater good. Through dramatic reenactments, featuring Robert himself, we discover how Robert’s passion for fitness and helping others empowered him to become a champion. (Directed by Yuri Alves) | GRIND Film
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You have to find something deep in your heart that will make you change.
WINNER: Atlanta International Film Festival 2018 (Best Documentary)
WINNER: Newark International Film Festival 2018 (Best Director – Short Documentary)
WINNER: ECU – The European Independent Film Festival 2018 (Best Non-European Documentary)
WINNER: INDIE Fest Film Awards 2017 (Best Documentary Short)
WINNER: One-Reeler Short Film Competition (Award of Excellence)
WINNER: Impact Docs Award 2017 (Documentary Short)
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Africa World Doc Film Festival 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Montclair Film Festival 2018
ROBERT WILMOTE: ‘Cause on the streets, I look at it like this.
Either you all in or you’re not.
(Time to get paid, baby!)
Stop crying, ma…
Everything is gonna be alright.
It is a lonely path to greatness, and sometimes, it’s only gonna be you.
Because only you believe what you see.
MOM: God will make our way. My children and I would be there.
I gave you a second chance.
Directed by Yuri Alves
Featuring Robert Wilmote, Justina Valentine
Produced by: Yuri Alves, Igor Alves
Executive Producers: Igor Alves, Yuri Alves, Mike Gomes
Cinematography by Mike Gomes
Original Music by Benjamin Zecker
Camera Operators: Mike Gomes, Yuri Alves
1st Assistant Camera: Marco Penajoia
2nd Assistant Camera: Caroline Sincaruk
Gaffer: Gabriel Kurzlop
Sound: Victor Buitrago
Production Coordinator: Li Kurzlop
Edited by Yuri Alves
Additional Editing: Caroline Sincaruk
Colorist: Alex MacLean
Supervising Sound Editor / Mixer: Mert Ozcan
Post Production Color Services by: Rogue
Post Production Sound Services by: The Record House
Associate Producers: Daniel Dowding, Paul Burger
Consulting Producer: Christopher Santiago
Filmed on location in Newark, NJ with the RED Dragon Camera + ELITE Anamorphic Cinema Lenses
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