The Best Way Is By Hand

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8 Sep , 2020   Posted by: DesertPenguinPictures


On a busy Saturday morning in Waltham, Massachusetts, seventh generation cobbler John Elhilow takes time to talk about the past, present and future of shoe repair. This short documentary takes you behind the counter and into the workshop as Elhilow plies his ancient craft in the modern world, saving the soles (and heels) of his customers.

Film Details

Director: Cathleen O'Connell

Writer: Cathleen O'Connell

Year of Release: 2018

Running Time: 6:41 min

New England Connection: Filmmaker & subject both from New England

Director(s) Bio:: Cathleen O’Connell is an independent documentary producer based in Boston and the founder of Desert Penguin Pictures. Her films shine a light on lesser known but important aspects of American culture – stories found when you pull off the interstate and explore the blue highways and back roads.

Number of shooting days: 1

Camera Used: Canon XF100

Editing software: Adobe Premiere

Budget: $50

Financed by: Self-financed

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