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.
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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