Best and Most Beautiful Things


Rafael 2 Sat, Oct 8, 2016 2:30 PM
Sequoia 2 Mon, Oct 10, 2016 2:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Running Time:91 min.
Director:Garrett Zevgetis
Producer:Ariana Garfinkel
Jeff Consiglio
Garrett Zevgetis
Cinematographer:Sarah Ginsburg
Jordan Salvatoriello
Editor:Jeff Consiglio
Sarah Ginsburg
Print Source:Ariana Garfinkel
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


Michelle is an endlessly curious young woman, absorbed with her obsessions and powerfully motivated to find her place in the world. But Michelle faces challenges: She is legally blind and high-functioning on the autism spectrum. She is also the last person to be tempered by these supposed “limitations,” choosing instead to reach beyond the life many have assumed for her and finding commonality, self-discovery, empowerment, and even love within an unexpected fringe community. Through the use of incisive cinematography, an original score, and a compelling nonlinear structure, this debut feature documentary never condescends to its subject as it explores Michelle’s complicated family past, the restless present, and her uncertain future, effectively mirroring many of her unique perceptions with empathy and compassion. Her inspired journey connects the audience to a brave and precocious spirit living beyond her presumptive disabilities and celebrates the determination of outcasts everywhere to live authentic lives.

Guests in attendance 10/8 & 10/10: Ariana Garfinkel (producer),

Michelle Smith (subject)

In association with No Bully

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Additional Information

Garrett Zevgetis is a Boston-based documentary filmmaker who grew up in Kissimmee, Florida, served in the U.S. Navy during Desert Storm, and earned an MFA in Media Art from Emerson College. He has directed several short films, including “A Mercenary Tale” which premiered at the Boston International Film Festival and was distributed worldwide by Ouat Media. Garrett has worked at PBS’ Frontline, at WGBH under acclaimed producer Judith Vecchione, and as a producer for the nationally syndicated public radio program, “Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon.” He was recently named one of “10 Filmmakers To Watch” by The Independent magazine.