Independent Lens: ‘As I Am’, a film about Memphis

Independent Lens: ‘As I Am’, a film about Memphis

‘As I Am’ is filmmaker Alan Spearman’s follow up to ‘April’, which was recognized for excellence at Memfeast 3. The ‘Feast’ is just one of many cultural happenings hosted by our good friends and Sears Crosstown collaborators at Crosstown Arts in Memphis, Tennessee. ‘As I Am’ is a brilliant stylistic interpretation of neighbourhood life in South Memphis and equalling as compelling and culturally informative as ‘April’. Here is the full synopsis for the film:

Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two. He died but he came back. When Chris was five, his father was murdered, riddled by more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. At age 18, Chris gained national attention when he introduced President Barack Obama at his high school graduation. Chris is an observer and philosopher who has always had a few things to say about life from his vantage point in South Memphis. He and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Alan Spearman walked the neighborhood for eight weeks observing and recording what became the script of As I Am. This film floats through this remarkable young man’s landscape, revealing the lives that have shaped his world. Poetic and powerful imagery, captured by Spearman and cinematographer Mark Adams, combines with the young philosopher’s trenchant observations about life.

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