SATURDAY  June 1, 2024 1:15pm


  • Director: Julia O’Farrow
  • Harlem Premiere
  • NYC , 2023,  10 min
  • Category: Documentary


I have an on-going project “Tee-shirt tales” which examines stories behind tee-shirt wearers and creators. On this journey I’ve met a few creators of tees, mainly artists that create tee-shirts. The three artists featured in this documentary share the trait of overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of their dreams. Naderson a Haitian immigrant who was plagued by a near death experience that left him traumatized as a child uses Art as therapy, Nyree who suffered a severe spinal cord injury after being shot at the age of 19, unable to use her arms or legs finds some independence through mouth-painting, and Hasan an amputee whose dreams were deflated by an abusive and unsupportive Ex, did a lot of soul-searching and self-motivation to pursue his dream of setting up a tee-shirt stand, even while living in a shelter rather than share an apartment with his EX.
All three find passion through Art and creating.

Julia O’Farrow

Julia O’Farrow is the award-winning director of the documentary “Beyond the Bars/No Extended Embraces,” profiling six women who have partners in prison. The film has screened at numerous festivals, aired on cable television, and was part of the Langston Hughes and Donnell Public Library’s video collection .

In her early work, she interned on the documentary “Marcus Garvey Look for me in The Whirlwind,” directed by Stanley Nelson and worked as a production coordinator on “Half Past Autumn/The Life and Works of Gordon Parks” produced by St. Clair Bourne. She has also worked as an editor on several independent short films and as assistant editor for the PBS Documentary, “And Baby Makes Two” directed by Oren Rudavsky.”

As a founding member of the Black Documentary Collective (BDC), Julia served as acting Chairperson, Membership Director, and head of the Domestic Screening Committee. She was a guest curator for the Anthology Film Archive’s “New Filmmakers” series on behalf of the BDC.

She was a juror for the Brooklyn and the Bronx Arts Council, and a grantee of the Film/Video/Arts (FVA) mentorship program, Independent Feature Project (IFP) Project Involve, and Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) Individual Artist Re-grant Award.


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