film by alan spearman explores poverty through poetry film by alan spearman explores poverty through poetry
oct 15, 2012

film by alan spearman explores poverty through poetry

‘as I am’ still by alan spearman

emmy award-winning american film-maker alan spearman, along with cinematographer mark adams, has captured the rich story behind chris dean – a young man whose heart stopped at the age of 2 and a half. but he came back, and narrates his memoir ‘as I am’ through the powerful language of long spoken poetry, giving profoundly earnest insight into the life of a man shaped by remarkable events of his life in memphis. the film uses compelling imagery to recount the eclectic personality of a poor memphis neighbourhood, imagery of dean’s community and his own dialogue offering a lens to explore and understand a way of life and culture.

chris dean’s past is an extraordinary tale. his father was murdered when he was five – a victim to more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout – and at 18 he was thrust in the spotlight when he introduced president barack obama at his high school graduation. this attention won dean a college scholarship to lane college. for eight weeks, spearman documented these and many more moments, moments that formed dean’s unique world-view – a compendium which spearman sensitively communicates in ‘as I am’.

the film recounts the story of chris dean – a man whose heart stopped at the age of 2 and a half

 the film uses powerful imagery to complement the poetic dialogue

the work reflects on chris dean’s community in his home town in memphis

the film was brought to life together with cinematographer mark adams

the work provides insight into the life of a man made up of remarkable events

dean uses long spoken poetry to share his story

portraits of people within his memphis community bring the film to a compelling close

the film was researched for eight weeks

a portrait of chris dean

the final scene of the documentary

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