I am Still Here
I am Still Here
After spending an entire year with John in 2018 creating the short documentary 'Where Home Has Always Been,' Cynthia decided his story felt unfinished. In 2019, Cynthia began working with John again, reimagining what it means to be an elderly rancher. This film gained popularity in the festival sector, winning 'Best Documentary Short' at Feel the Reel International Film Festival, as well as multiple other awards and nominations. Read more about the film and its achievements below.
In this documentary, viewers get a more detailed perspective of who John truly is. Watching him live his typical day allows viewers to feel the humble, joyful, and grateful spirit John radiates. While some may consider him an ordinary man, he has experience ranching incomparable to modern ranchers. John comes from an era where ranching thrived, and he has dedicated his life to the open land.
‘I Am Still Here’ displays the simplicity of John's life that brings him joy and fulfillment every day. He still lives on the same land, in the same house, doing the same activities he did as a child. Most people could not imagine living that lifestyle, making John's narrative unique and fascinating. It is endearing to watch the immense happiness light up John's face when he gets to share his story and lifestyle.
In this Documentary, viewers get a glimpse into a lifestyle that has given John a community, friends, family, and countless memories. In addition to all the positive aspects of John’s life, viewers also see the hard work and dedication it takes for a 92-year-old man to maintain his ranch. Without help from those around him, John would struggle to continue living his lifestyle. Thankfully, he has wonderful friends and neighbors that help him fulfill his dream of protecting and preserving his ranch.
Feel the Reel International Film Festival (2019) - Best Animation
Spotlight Documentary Film Awards (2020) - Winner
Global Shorts, Los Angeles - September Winner
The Monthy Film Festival (2021) - August, Student Film of the Month Award
The Monthly Film Festival (2021) - August, Documentary of the Month Award
New York State International Film Festival (2020) - Official Selection
Big Sky Film Festival (2019) - Official Selection