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Slomo

  • 9 10
  • 2013
  • 16min
Slomo
  • English

Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

Awards
AWARDS: Best Short Documentary. SXSW/ Audience Award and Best Short Documentary. Sheffield Doc/Fest/ Best Short Documentary. International Documentary Association/ Audience Award. Ashland Independent/ Audience Award. AFI Docs
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Ashland Independent Film Festival/ Full Frame Documentary Film Festival / True/False Film Festival / Big Sky Documentary Film Festival/ RiverRun Film Festival/ Independent Film Festival of Boston / Free State Film Festival / Docaviv/ Maryland Film Festival / Mountainfilm in Telluride/ St. Kilda Film Festival / Oak Cliff Film Festival/ SF DocFest/ Sheffield Doc/Fest/ Maui Film Festival/ Palm Springs International ShortFest/ Conscious Media Film Festival/ Indy Film Fest/ DokuFest/ Bernal Heights Summer Film Series/ 1 Reel Film Festival/ Nevada City Film Festival/ Calgary International Film Festival/ Port Townsend Film Fest/ Annapolis Film Festival/ Camden International Film Festival/ Edmonton International Film Festival/ San Diego Film Festival/ Norrköping Film Festival Flimmer/ Tacoma Film Festival/ Hamptons International Film Festival/ Mill Valley Film Festival

Slomo, trading a lab coat for a pair of rollerblades

An enigmatic character skates on a beach boulevard every day, in a sort of religious routine. While doing so, in his still wrinkled face there is a genuine sense of freedom that we do not normally see in people. Those who live in the place know him but nobody really knows who he is.

Slomo manages to enter into the life of this curious character, Dr. John Kitchin, who used to be a doctor and has now found meaning in life through skating. In a remarkable narrative synthesis, the short film not only makes us live the experience of skating with a versatile film camera, we also become witnesses of the intimate and sobering experiences of a man who was reborn for good.