a film by Lauren Shaw
About John is a visual contemplation driven by the poetry of John Willey, and the richness of his surrounding natural world, which ties together John’s love of land, his wife Barbara, and his spiritual journey.
"I feel as if my heart just slowed and ebbed for a while and I was made to sit and meditate for a moment, with the pace of someone contemplating and loving a different life."
"A gentle and tender portrait..so much delicacy."
"When the famed and acclaimed of international films are celebrated in Waterville during the Maine International Film Festival, MIFF, each summer, a few gems of state and local subjects, significance and filmmaking are among them, accenting rich state lore such as coastal island life, a mountain town, lobstermen or the state's French heritage."
This year, one of those unique films is a tribute to exceptional native Mainer John Willey, poet, woodworker and boatbuilder documented by longtime summer resident, filmmaker Lauren Shaw..."- Esther J. Perne, Summertime in the Belgrades
About the Director
Lauren Shaw is a fine art photographer, and professor at Emerson College. She has directed award winning documentary films, including A Drop in the Bucket (2009), Maine Women: Living on the Land (2005), and Angkor's Children (2015).