Sun Feb 24, 2019 – 12:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Meet Uncle Paul
Directed by Jessica Bursi
U.S.A. | 14 min | 2018
Meet Paul. 62-years-young – he’s a lover of The Beatles, The Monkees, and The Terminator and he just so happens to be living with Down syndrome. Tracing the trajectory of his 62 years on Earth, Meet Uncle Paul tells the moving history of Paul’s life (born into a family as loving as it is large) while in the current day he contends with the early stages of dementia. A powerful reminder of the power of decency and compassion, Meet Uncle Paul pays tribute to an unforgettably indomitable spirit.
JESSICA BURSI is a Milwaukee filmmaker. Raised in the Midwest, Jessica graduated from high school in Springfield, IL and then SIU-Carbondale (BA, Cinema & Photography). After college, she moved to Los Angeles and worked at VH1 and The Film Foundation, Martin Scorsese’s nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for film preservation. After a decade, she made her way back to the Midwest and settled in Milwaukee, WI, where she became Development Director for Milwaukee Film, a nonprofit organization that runs the Milwaukee Film Festival, a top 10 film festival in the nation, as well as the historic movie palace, the Oriental Theatre. Meet Uncle Paul is Jessica’s first film.