Justin Schein received his Masters in Documentary Filmmaking from Stanford University. He has been shooting and directing character driven social issue documentaries for more than 20 years. As a cinematographer he has shot on over 60 films internationally for broadcasters including The BBC, The Discovery Channel and PBS. His film ”No Impact Man” premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was screened throughout the world. Justin’s work also includes branded content for corporate clients such as Old Navy, Room and Board and Apple.
David Mehlman received a master’s degree in Documentary Film and Video Production from Stanford University. He founded Shadowbox Films with Justin Schein in 1998. David Mehlman was supervising editor of the 2007 Oscar-winning short subject documentary ”Freeheld”, that also won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. He edited and sound designed the 2005 Academy Award-winning animated short documentary ”The Moon and the Sun”.
Director's / Curator's Statement:
Midway through a film shoot about his life in the anti-war movement, Mayer Vishner, a 1960s radical, declares that his time has passed and his last political act will be to commit suicide and he wants it all on camera. Now the director must decide whether to turn off his camera or use the film to keep his friend alive. Mayer found his place in the 60s counterculture in 1965 at the age of 16 and the strong ties to the community of activists of which he was a part gave his life focus and meaning. Left on Purpose confronts the growing issues of depression, isolation and aging through an intense character driven story of the relationship between filmmaker and subject. It provides a rare cinematic look at what it means to be a friend to someone in pain.
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