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A pilgrimage to the annual James Dean Festival in Fairmount, Indiana as seen through the eyes of the cultural icon's die-hard fans, affectionately known as ‘Deaners’.

  • David Garry
  • David Garry
    The Man Who Loved His Cat
  • Sam Webb
    Director of Photography
    2 Cents and the Rainbow
  • Sam Webb
    Road to Victory
  • Daniel Mehta
    Enough is Enough
  • Rachel Yonda
    The Late Late Show with James Corden
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    19 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 4, 2016
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    United States
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    United States
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  • Louisville International Festival of Film
    Louisville, CA
    United States
    October 14, 2016
    World Premiere
  • River Bend Film Festival
    Goshen, Indiana
    United States
    April 7, 2017
    Indiana Premiere
  • NHdocs: New Haven International Documentary Film Festival
    New Haven, CT
    United States
    June 3, 2017
    East Coast Premiere
  • Hoosierdance International Film Festival
    Kokomo, Indiana
    United States
    June 10, 2017
    Kokomo Premiere
  • Indy Film Fest
    Indianapolis, IN
    United States
    July 16, 2017
    Indianapolis Premiere
  • SAFILM: San Antonio Film Festival
    San Antonio, TX
    United States
    August 4, 2017
    Texas Premiere
  • Flickers Rhode Island Internationa Film Festival
    Providence, RI
    United States
    August 11, 2017
    Rhode Island Premiere
  • Sidewalk Film Festival
    Birmingham, AL
    United States
    August 26, 2017
    Alabama Premiere
  • DocUtah International Documentary Film Festival
    St. George, Utah
    United States
    September 8, 2017
    Utah Premiere
  • Atlanta Docufest
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
    September 10, 2017
    Georgia Premiere
    Audience Choice Documentary Short
  • The Valley Film Festival
    North Hollywood, CA
    United States
    October 28, 2017
    West Coast Premiere
    Audience Award
  • Fairhope Film Festival
    Fairhope, AL
    United States
    November 9, 2017
    Fairhope, Alabama Premiere
Director Biography - David Garry

This is David Garry's first foray in Directing with 'Deaners'. He can also be known as an Actor (film, television, commercials), and Producer (previous film credits, stage productions, etc.). He's originally from Connecticut, and celebrates living in Los Angeles, CA for over 21 years now. Free self-guided tours of his website are available 24/7 at http://www.davidgarry.com

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Director Statement

I myself became a ‘Deaner’ just a few years back. I learned some about this legendary actor, James Dean, after having seen an indie film, ‘Joshua Tree, 1951: A portrait of James Dean’. I then became quickly fascinated, reading articles, books, watching his films, and became more educated about this driven ‘rebel’.

I was surprised at first to find out that James Dean’s hometown of Fairmount, Indiana held an annual festival in his honor and memory, with a parade, lookalike contest, a memorial service, candlelight vigil and more, all in a carnival atmosphere over a handful of days. And that there also is an international community that is bound together from this common denominator, the love of a famous actor who had died tragically 60 years earlier.

With ‘Deaners’, I was determined to capture the essence of the dedicated fans, and to explore what drew them to James Dean. There’s quirkiness, and unique ways that these characters exercise their loyalty, but underneath the unusual exterior most would be able to identify with a relationship between someone and their favorite icon, and to see an example of how we can come together and create bonds with others from the simple starting point of being a fan.

I hope you enjoy the film, can relate to its themes, and bask in some of the extremes of fandom…


David Garry
Producer / Director of ‘Deaners’

P.S. Full and complete IMDB page (for the film) with all credits, etc. is available here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5555968/