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Directed by Philip Knowlton
Documentary Short
USA | 17 min | 2021

In 2016, the Bronx was ranked “the county in New York with the worst health outcomes” or 62nd of all 62 counties in NY in terms of health. This documentary tells the story of Clarisa Alayeto, a community activist from the Mott Haven section of the Bronx who — inspired by her Grandmother — sets out on a mission to break that cycle.

The writer and producer, Rosa SanMarchi, approached us out of the blue (digitally) to direct this film after a recommendation from a friend. Immediately after reading the script we knew it was something we wanted to work on. It was a thrilling experience to collaborate with someone new, who already had a vision for the film but was looking for other voices and opinions to bring it home. The collaborative spirit of our team really reflected what we were trying to convey on screen, that we are all better when we listen to one another.

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Clarisa - Philip KnowltonPhilip Knowlton

Philip is an award-winning documentary-style filmmaker and editor. Born and raised in Paris, France, he became fascinated with the creative world at a young age – spending many hours filming his own versions of MTV music videos. After an internship with hip hop video icon, director Little X, he landed a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work alongside Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch as an assistant editor at Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Since then, he’s developed and refined his own, unique style as a director & editor. His work has been featured in magazines like Communication Arts, AdWeek and received nods from the AICP and Webby Awards. His most recent feature documentary, KUPENDA, filmed in Kenya and Tanzania tells the story of three students with disabilities who challenged their community’s beliefs when they set out to climb Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Release set for 2021.

Film Information

Director: Philip Knowlton
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 17 min.
Rated:  PG


Producer: Philip Knowlton, Clarisa Alayeto

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