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DESPITE BLINDNESS, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, AND LUNG CANCER, PHOTOGRAPHER FLO FOX CONTINUES TO SHOOT THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY
Award-winning director Riley Hooper's latest project features Flo Fox—a photographer who, despite blindness, multiple sclerosis, and lung cancer, continues to shoot the streets of New York City. No longer able to hold a camera she instructs her aides to take photos on her behalf.
Put away your tissues and your comfort bear, because Flo isn't a sob-story about a once beautiful, vibrant persona whose last days are left withering away in agony and despair. In fact, it's quite the opposite. As you get to know Flo over the film's tidy nine minutes, her unique personality shines through. Flo Fox is an incredible woman with a feisty spirit, acerbic wit, and a decidedly dirty sense of humor. Despite her physical challenges, she continues to roam the streets of New York City searching for interesting subjects, capturing moments with gusto.
Hooper's approach to this film is as brilliant as it is low budget. Hooper fastened her tripod to Flo’s wheelchair using bungee cords, walking backwards down 23rd street as she captured the shot and simultaneously tried not to bump into anyone. The DIY feel gives the film a very special first-person, lo-fi aesthetic.
Hooper, who is currently the content and community manger at Vimeo, shot, directed, edited, and produced Flo entirely by herself. The film toured festivals across the country sweeping up a few best of accolades along the way including: Grand Jury Prize, Shorts Program, DOC NYC 2012; Best Documentary Short, LES Film Festival 2012; Best Documentary Short, Ashland Independent Film Festival 2013
About Flo Fox
A reportage "Street Photographer" since 1972, Flo Fox has shot more than 120,000 images of varying subjects. Fox's work has been exhibited at the Nikon House, IBM Gallery, and is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum and The Smithsonian. Her work was also featured in a two-person exhibit with "Weegee the Famous" in Paris, 1987; and "Opposites Attract" with Gigi Stoll in Italy (2012). Other Notable publications/exhibits: Asphalt Gardens: 69 Photos by Flo Fox (1981); "Up in Smoke" Collection, 11 Photos; Life magazine (1994);
About Riley Hooper
With simplistic style and a love of quirk, she tells stories to incite empathy and open-mindedness. Her documentary short FLO was programmed as a NY Times Op Doc and was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in the Shorts Program at the 2012 DOC NYC Film Festival. Based in New York City, she works as a Content + Community Manager at Vimeo while continuing to pursue personal documentary projects. She is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and previously interned at Maysles Films with legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.
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