"The creative spirit is not one to be messed with. In fact, it’s meant to be uplifted and celebrated. This film is a love letter to artists everywhere and more specifically the father of Bryan & Taylor Simpson. Their father’s early passion for creating things fueled his life. This documentary is a special look at his life’s work and passion for art and collaboration. A tear jerker sure to tug at your heart strings and fill you with inspiration."
—Elle Shaw, Salute Your Shorts Film Festival Director
"This film moved me to tears. It’s such an intimate portrait of a man’s life through its many stages, articulated in his own voice, visualized with the works of art he created over the years. The gentle touch with which this film was made is such a moving testament to how Roger lived his life and cared for his family. It’s a monument to a father’s love, and it’s a gift of a film."
—Njaimeh Njie, Pittsburgh Shorts Juror
On March 18, 2016, four days before his 55th birthday, our Dad passed away
after a battle with prostate cancer. We had hoped to sit with him and document
his life before his passing, but never had the opportunity. However, fate intervened.
Our friend Peter Lyngso revealed to us that he had filmed an interview with our
Dad after his cancer diagnosis a couple years earlier. Upon watching the interview
we were struck by the candidness with which our Dad spoke to Peter. A candidness
we don’t think he would’ve had with us. Through the interview we learned new things
about our Dad. It also reaffirmed things about him, most important of which was
his passion for creating. This became an excuse to discover and rediscover our
Dad's art, photos, and other mementos to create this film. The process has been
a cathartic labor of love and the final piece is not only a visual eulogy to our Dad,
but a visual ode to creating.
Bryan and Taylor