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In your own words, tell us what this film is about and why you chose to tell this story.

When my now-husband, Richard, and I were first seeing each other, he shared with me an e-book he had produced about his father, ‘Small Man: The World My Father Made’.  I was completely stunned by Kenwyn’s toys and models, and I wanted to learn more about him as a person (he died three years before Richard and I met).  So, over time, I convinced Richard to let me start filming in his Dad’s workshop, and I referenced Richard’s e-book, as well as my many conversations with him, when writing the script.  I believe the made object, or the written word or the piece of music are all things with the potential to transcend time and space and connect generations.  It is this and the more poignant idea of failed dreams not defeating the human spirit, which are at the heart of Smallman.”  Read more here…

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REVIEWED in A Legally Black Blog
“With the assistance of director of photography Sean Edghill, [director] Mariel Brown allows the camera to go deep into Kenwyn’s lilliputian world of miniatures and models with extensive usage of macro photography. I really got a sense of the meticulous detail placed on these creations, which made me truly appreciate the time, care and effort put into creating them. These items, displayed in the source material in black-and-white photos, are transposed on-screen with vibrant colours and excellent shot composition.”  Read more here…
“Mariel Brown’s short, Smallman tells the story of John Ambrose Kenwyn Rawlins, an ordinary man of modest means with a gift for making extraordinary, creative objects. With a skill that went largely unrecognized — outside his immediate family and friends — in his lifetime, Rawlins had the ability to imagine entire worlds, orchestrating scenes and settings which afforded him a universe of freedom that eluded him in his real, day-to-day life.”  Valerie Williams-Sanchez “A Small Life With Grand Visions”
Read more of Valerie’s article…

“You could turn the sound off and still love Mariel Brown’s Smallman because its first success is as a film, and it is overwhelmingly beautiful to look at; to call it “other worldly” is no exaggeration. The sound, though, adds the human dimension to the art as Richard Rawlins remembers his father and the world he made for them both, the one Mariel has remade for us all. This is a small film with a grand scale and a wide sweep. If you don’t remember the best parts of your own childhood – and, indeed, your father – have your humanity levels checked.” BC Pires, Writer. (Pires has been writing about film from an informed lay perspective for 25 years.)

The Charleston Chronicle
“NBPC will also offer additional online programming in June surrounding the special. A series of Caribbean shorts will screen on NBPC’s website,… Rounding out the program on June 30 will be the documentary short ‘Smallman’ by Mariel Brown, which follows an ordinary man of modest means who creates models, dollhouses and more in a small workshop in his home.”

REVIEWED in Filmmaker Magazine, October 8th, 2013
“Smallman is a sweet tribute that features Richard discussing his late dad Kenwyn, who worked a civil servant day job and spent off hours in his basement workshop – where he handcrafted a parallel world of dollhouses, miniature toys and model ships.” Lauren Wissot

REVIEWED in The Trinidad Guardian, October 5th, 2013
“Another standout for me was a short directed by Mariel Brown. In just about ten minutes, I was nearly reduced to a blubbering mass of sentimentality. Based on the e-book written by Richard Rawlins, Smallman, The World My Father Made was a delightful story told (not narrated) by Richard about his father Kenwyn Rawlins.” Paolo Kernahan

REVIEWED in Newsday, October 28th, 2013
“In the end, the film turns out to be about the creative process and the role it plays in self-actualisation… It is a touching and beautiful film with… ravishing cinematography.” Andre Bagoo


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