Experiencing Interruptions?

Who Is Weary Willie?

"Who is Weary Willie?" explores the life of the famous circus clown of the 20th Century, Weary Willie, and the controversy and confusion over identity between his creator, Emmett Kelly Sr., and the son that took on the persona, Emmett Kelly Jr.

  • Constanza Hevia H.
  • Daniel Bernardi
    The American War
  • Dominique Jando
    Key Cast
    "Circus Historian"
  • Chris Berry
    Key Cast
    "Circus Historian"
  • Wini McKay
    Key Cast
  • Hannah Anderson
    Editor and Animator
    Hui Ying
  • Andrés Gallegos
    Director of Photography
    From Mexico to Vietnam: a Chicano Story
  • Constanza Hevia H.
  • Daniel Bernardi
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Circus, History
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • El Dorado Films LLC
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Constanza Hevia H.

Constanza Hevia H. is a Chilean documentary photographer and filmmaker. She documents visual stories focused on social and cultural issues using an anthropological methodology. In her work, Constanza seeks to explore the complex relationship between memory, loss, and mortality.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

What inspired me to tell the story of Weary Willie was the controversy and confusion over the identity of the circus clown that continues to today. "Who Is Weary Willie?" blends different forms of media, including video, audio, photography, archival, and animation, to tell a truthful story about identify amidst father and son conflict in the aftermath of World War II.