HEBO

Filmmaker: Kevin Wells, 2019, U.S., 11 mins

Language: English, Subtitles: No

Hebo showcases the work of Sam Ezell, an outsider folk artist in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and explores his struggle to overcome sudden partial blindness.

Hebo explores the work of Sam Ezell, an outsider folk artist in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Sam has been a maintenance worker at the Daniel Boone Village since 1970, and is a lifelong collector of folk art and antiques. If he isn’t working or junk hunting, Sam is painting. He started painting at the urging of Bernice Sims, a folk artist from Brewten, AL, who told Sam she was going to be mad if he didn’t paint her a picture. He painted Bernice a sunflower and hasn’t stopped. In 2015, Sam had a stroke that blinded him in one eye, and he feared he’d have to quit painting. Sam began experimenting with painting large abstracts as a way to improve his vision, and has been hooked ever since. Hebo chronicles Sam’s surprising artistic journey and explores the creative spirit in the face of adversity.

Website: http://www.krwells.com/hebo
Social Media: facebook @hebodoc, twitter @stringerwells

Festival Appearances + Awards
Official selection 2020
: Ethnografilm, UFVA, South Georgia Film Festival, The Magnolia Independent Film Festival

Official selection 2019: Utopia Film Festival, Film Carrboro Fest 2019, Cucalorus Festival 2019, Indie Grits 2019, NHdocs 2019, Full Bloom Film Festival 2019