Private Project

Accidental Artist

Accidental Artist tells the story of Alder Crocker, who at the age of 55 suffered a freak accident leaving him paralyzed and with a traumatic brain injury. Devastated, Alder believed his life was over. Until an encounter with an art therapist revealed extraordinary painting abilities he never had before. Diagnosed with Acquired Savant Syndrome, Alder's new ability transformed him from someone he thought he knew, to someone capable of things he could have never imagined.

  • Paulo Araujo
  • Paulo Araujo
  • Tom Hohle
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Paulo Araujo

Paulo Araujo was born and raised in Norwalk, CT. He has extensive experience on both sides of the camera, which has helped his directing tremendously. Paulo founded Arrowood Creative in 2019 Producing/Directing/Editing music videos, documentaries, and commercials. Paulo most recently worked as Editor for Season 2 of Lace, a lawyer drama on the AMC subsidiary ALLBLK network, which starts streaming June 29th 2023.

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Director Statement

Accidental Artist has been a passion project of mine ever since I heard of Alder Crocker's story in 2021. Knowing Alder's story was meant for the world to see I dove head first into producing, directing, and editing the piece. I hope everyone can take something positive away from this film because we are all one moment away from everything changing and it's in those moments that we can truly transform.