From San Francisco to Honolulu, Archie traded his life and career path with a new purpose:
To slow down and focus on the essential.

  • Michael Morris
  • Dewey Doan
  • Jeffrey Huang
  • Michael Morris
  • Archie Almario
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Michael Morris

French (with an English name), I moved to Portland, OR in 2016 after falling in love with the Country, and then the Girl.

I’ve been in the industry for over a decade. When I'm not working as a Documentary DP, I make short Portraits about People that inspire me to be a better Human Being.

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Director Statement

Archie was kind enough to let me observe his life for a few days, after being introduced by a friend we have in common.

The result is a short Portrait about someone who is trying to prioritize time and experiences, over the metrics of a more traditional measure of success.

There is definitely something ironic about documenting the story of someone living the simplest life with a full crew and an equipment list the price of a single family home. For that reason (…and budget), it was me, my camera package and 1 lens.
My intention was to make the audience feel invited, at a respectful distance, to observe Archie for a moment in his everyday life.

I can relate a lot with his story. I left a decent job and a life in South of France to move to the US against all odds and decided to pursue a career in Filmmaking.
Why are we so fascinated by these stories of people taking ownership of their lives and making the radical changes they wish for? Some of us jump the cliff, while others will forever watch and dream about “what if…?”
By telling Archie’s story, in a way, I’m just trying to answer these questions for myself.