Meet a reclusive artist who creates detailed models of 1950s America.
Reclusive artist Michael Paul Smith painstakingly built and photographed "Elgin Park," an miniature imaginary suburb that evokes a nostalgic, more innocent past.
Working in seclusion for many years, Michael's work went viral, as people were captivated by his work's artful, gentle beauty.
But this intimate short documentary discovers a more somber, sadder truth: much of Michael's dreamy art is in reaction to a childhood full of loneliness, bullying, violence and painful family secrets.
Ultimately hopeful, 'Elgin Park' shows how one ordinary yet remarkable man transforms his pain into art that resonates with audiences and finds a place in an often difficult world.
By Oliver Goodrum |
A man who bullied a disabled girl tries to escape his past. Then an angry mob finds him.
By Candice Carella |
A single mother leaves her young daughter with a rock musician uncle.
By Richard Prendergast |
A single mother takes her family on a road trip. But it's to an unwanted destination.
Twin sisters turn into rivals when one's gymnastics career steals the spotlight.
By Abraham Adeyemi |
2 friends meet at their favorite fried chicken shop. But their lives have diverged.
A man is trapped on a spaceship after his robot overseer finds every planet uninhabitable.
A homeless teen meets a deaf-blind man who changes his life forever...
A man's suicide attempt rips a hole in the ceiling. Then he befriends the boy upstairs.
A man is forced to dig his own grave in the desert. But the ground is hard.
By Josiah Allen and Indianna Bell |
A young helpline operator takes her first call and gets more than she expected.
A devoted husband suspects his wife is cheating on him. Then he hides under the bed.
A young boy accidentally shoots a stranger and the town tries to cover it up.
A young dancer falls for a deaf guy, then tries to find her place in the world.
An awkward girl doesn't fit in at school. Then the Internet comes to save her.
A burn-survivor goes on his first date after his accident.