For 53 years, John Kapellas frolicked underneath the bright sky of the American West. Without warning, he started breaking out in rashes and feeling as if his entire body was on fire whenever he was exposed to light. Diagnosed with a rare photosensitivity to the entire spectrum of light, Kapellas (now 63) has lived the last decade in darkness. “How To Make A Pearl” explores Kapellas’ current reality, his coping mechanisms, and the shadows in his past.
August 2017: "How to Make a Pearl" has been acquired by The Guardian's Documentaries division.
August 2017: "How to Make a Pearl" has been named a finalist for the 2017 Student Academy Awards!
October 2017: "How to Make a Pearl" has been nominated for the IDA's David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award!
November 2017 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)- International Premiere
November 2017 DOC NYC- NYC Premiere
September 2017 Camden International Film Festival- North American Premiere
Community Screenings will begin in 2018
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