Wisconsin filmmaker creates inspiring documentary on longtime friend in BIFF film

Print Article

Clarence Garrett, whose return to school at 85 years old is the premise of the documentary "Clarence," goes to guitar class at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The film is to be shown at the Beloit International Film Festival.

BELOIT — A touching tale about a Wisconsin man with a dream to finish college despite his ailing health and advanced age will inspire audiences at this year’s Beloit International Film Festival.

Clarence, the story of 85-year-old Clarence Garrett, will be shown at Bagels & More Friday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m. and again Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets to Beloit International Film Festival features are available now on the BIFF website. They cost $9 in advance or $10 at the door, and student and bulk discounts are available.

Filmmaker Kristin Catalano has known Clarence since she was 8, when he worked in the grocery store her family owned.

“I knew that, when I was going to make a documentary, it was going to be about him,” she said, adding that he is a World War II veteran who survived the Great Depression and is just generally an interesting human being.

When she was conducting early interviews with him, she asked him what his biggest regret was. Much to her surprise, he told her it was that he wishes he had finished college. He contacted her again a few months later to tell her what he planned to do, and she followed him on his journey through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“I hope that it inspires people,” Catalano said. “Clarence is proof that you can do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it.”

Clarence is the first full length feature Catalano has made since earning a masters degree in screen writing at UCLA, and it’s been a long time coming. Much of the footage was shot a decade ago.

Catalano is from Wisconsin. She earned her undergraduate degree in Milwaukee and currently lives there. She is currently working on a shorter documentary about medical practices and writing a narrative screenplay.

Kristin Catalano

Print Article

Read More Illinois News

EXCHANGE: Basketball bookends Vietnam veteran's story

AP

January 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | MOUNT STERLING, Ill. (AP) — His first basketball hoop hung from a tree at the top of a hill in his yard, forcing him to become a master of shooting from the corner or risk having to trek down to retr...

Comments

Read More

EXCHANGE: Brown's Chicken murders changed business forever

AP

January 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Since Jan. 8, 1993, Frank Portillo Jr.'s thoughts at this time of year have been with seven people. Portillo was president of Brown's Chicken and Pasta when franchi...

Comments

Read More

Pulock helps Islanders rout slumping Blackhawks 7-3

AP

January 20, 2018 at 11:36 pm | CHICAGO (AP) — The New York Islanders played like a desperate team looking to move up the standings in one of the NHL's most competitive divisions. Facing a similar situation, the Chicago Blackha...

Comments

Read More

IL Lottery

AP

January 20, 2018 at 12:58 pm | SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ These Illinois lotteries were drawn Saturday: Lotto 17-24-32-37-40-47, Extra Shot: 3 (seventeen, twenty-four, thirty-two, thirty-seven, forty, forty-seven; Extr...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(608) 365-8811
149 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

©2018 Beloit Daily News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X