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The Palindromists

"The Palindromists" is a documentary delving into the history of palindromes while following the world's greatest palindromists as they prepare for the 2017 World Palindrome Championship.

  • Vince Clemente
    The World of Z, Ecstasy of Order
  • Adam Cornelius
    People Who Do Noise, Ecstasy of Order
  • Vince Clemente
    The World of Z, Ecstasy of Order
  • Will Shortz
    Key Cast
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic
    Key Cast
  • Danica McKellar
    Key Cast
    The Wonder Years
  • Ryan Douglass
    Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Wordplay
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 22, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    75,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Vince Clemente

My first film, The World of Z, took the audience on a powerful four-year journey into the eccentric life of manic-depressive outsider artist known simply as Z. After viewing it, Gordon Quinn (Hoop Dreams) called it, "A masterful character study." The film went on to win Best Feature Length Film in the Hollywood Film Festival and the Palm Springs Documentary Festival.

I went on to produce Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, a documentary film about finding the best Tetris player in the world. Not only did I produce the film, but I also directed and produced a large scale tournament in downtown Los Angeles which served as the climax of the film. This Tetris Championship is now celebrating it’s 10th year. The film went on to win the Audience Award: Austin Film Festival and Best Feature Length Film: Phoenix Comic Con Film Fest.

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Director Statement

“To see a world in a grain of sand...”
Sometimes by focusing on the tiniest subjects we can discover a new facet of our humanity. It’s the very peculiarity of this obsession that draws us in, not expecting much or knowing what we’ll find. But as we fall in love with the Palindromists, we align with their spark and this creativity that blossoms in such an unusual form.