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We have just released a short documentary following my cousin, Rueben Singleterry. I can’t believe it’s been over a year since we’ve produced a short documentary film. We’ve been so busy working on Tía Chuck, our feature length documentary following artist Chuck Ramirez. We were actually in New York this past November filming interviews for Chuck’s documentary when I got the phone call from Rueben’s Mother, Roxanne, about this project. Roxanne told me that Rueben had gone through a difficult illness and they were trying figure out a way to share his story. In September Rueben had been diagnosed with encephalitis, a rare virus which causes inflammation in the brain and the resulting seizures he endured nearly took his life.

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Film Still, Rueben is cared for in a hospital ICU

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Film Still, Rueben’s Grandfather holds his hand in the hospital

I couldn’t believe this had happened to Rueben, but what amazed me most was how passionate he was about sharing his story. When we visited Rueben at the end of November, we were completely surprised by how much he had matured in the short time since we’d last seen him. He looked straight into our camera and began telling us what had happened to him the previous months. Mark and I were in awe of his grace and courage as he described to us his near death experience in the hospital.

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Film Still, Rueben Singleterry’s Interview

We have had the privilege of interviewing dozens of subjects over the past several years, but nothing could prepared us for the reality of what Rueben had to say. I cried several times as he spoke in his interview. He described all the details of his illness and his struggles to get back the life he had before he was diagnosed with encephalitis. We knew right away that this was going to be a very different film than we had ever made. It was going to follow my family as they worked together to support Rueben’s recovery and ultimately his passion to pursue basketball.

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Film Still, Rueben is examined by Jerry J. Tomasovic, MD

We followed a lot of emotional moments during the course of working on this film, the first was a visit with Dr. Tomasovic. Rueben had been waiting for months to find out if he was going to be physically able to play basketball again. His school required a release form and Rueben’s reaction to Dr. Tomasovic’s decision to write one for him was priceless. That note meant so much to the family, because they knew that not only was Rueben going to be able to pursue his passion for playing basketball, but that he was finally healthy enough to do so.

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Film Still, Mother and Son embrace after an important Doctor’s Visit

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Film Still, Jarrett Turner works with Rueben as part of his Mentoring Program Ballinisahabit

The first moments of film we captured with Rueben was a basketball practice he had with his trainer, Jarrett Turner. Jarrett and Rueben had already developed a close friendship when we began filming, so he was more than willing to come by and help us out on our first day. The pair worked on drills as the sun set in Rueben’s neighborhood. We continued to follow Rueben’s after school training with Jarrett as part of his Mentoring Program, Ballinisahabit. It was wonderful to see Jarrett as someone who could relate to Rueben on different levels, as a friend, a trainer, and a mentor. Jarrett was also one of the first people to learn about Rueben’s struggles and to become inspired by his dedication.

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Rueben holds a Basketball given to him by Jarrett Turner on his first High School game of the season

Another emotional moment was Rueben’s 15th birthday party. It reminded us of a scene from one of our favorite documentary films, Hoop Dreams, which chronicles the lives of two teenagers who dream of one day achieving NBA stardom. In both scenes you’re hit with the realization that these young men are very lucky to be able to blow out their candles.

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Film Still, Rueben on his 15th Birthday

“I hope that this inspires anyone who went through something like this or is going through a rough time or who has doubts or is losing faith in life, to never give up.”

– Rueben Singleterry

Rueben has such a natural charisma and confidence that made our job easier. I know he has a tremendous amount of potential that we just barely tapped into for this film. Thank you to my family, my friends, and everyone who supported this film and helped make it possible.

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Rueben Singleterry with Director Angela Walley

It means a lot to me to share a story from my family, so I hope you’ll find this film inspiring!

– Angela

Happy New Year’s Eve! Today we’re taking a look back on 2013. This past year has been an incredible one. We celebrated 10 years together and we released eight new short films which have received over 300 thousand views online. We want to thank our family, friends, and fans for supporting our work. From January through December, here are our top ten favorite moments from 2013, enjoy!

Walley Films Love Birds

1. Our 10th Anniversary Love Birds Print
We collaborated with our friends, artists Marisa Finos and Remy Bordas, to create this love bird print in celebration of our 10th Anniversary. The print is available on our Society6 Shop.

Walley Films Soo Sunny Park at Rice Gallery

2. Soo Sunny Park at Rice Gallery
We’ve been working on a series of short documentary films with Rice Gallery since the beginning of 2011. Our film following artist Soo Sunny Park was our most popular film of the series and our most viewed film of 2013 with 133k plays. Sunny was an absolute delight to work with and we are so happy that her beautiful work has received all the attention it has. The film was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick, tweeted by actor Jared Leto, and stills from our film have had over 95k notes on tumblr. Watch the film.

PechaKucha Night vol 10

3. Walley Films at PechaKucha
Our presentation for PechaKucha San Antonio included 20 second clips from 20 of our short artist documentary films. It was a real challenge to select a 20 second clip that could represent a 5-15 minute film, but our goal was to give the audience a glimpse into the work we’ve made and encourage them to watch the complete films. Watch our presentation.

Walley Films Vincent Valdez

4. Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John Film Screening in Los Angeles
Our short documentary following artist Vincent Valdez took us to Los Angeles for a screening with the 2013 Texas Filmmakers Showcase. It was an honor to represent Texas Filmmaking in L.A., and to share our film throughout it’s festival run. In addition to the 51k views the film has received online, the film screened at CineFestival, Dallas VideoFest, and the Houston Cinema Arts Festival. It has also just been selected as the San Antonio Current’s Best San Antonio Film of 2013. Watch the film.

MOSAIC at Blue Star

5. MOSAIC Documentary
We loved working with the MOSAIC program at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. The vision and guidence of artist Alex Rubio along with the talent and dedication of the MOSAIC students is inspiring. Watch the film.

Walley Films featured on L'Oeil de Links Canel +

6. Walley Films on L’Oeil de Links
We were interviewed on French TV Show L’Oeil de Links discussing our film following Soo Sunny Park. As we mentioned above, we were so proud of the attention that film garnered, including this Canal + interview. Watch our interview on L’Oeil de Links.

Justin Boyd: Sound and Time

7. Justin Boyd: Sound and Time
As part of our documentary series with Southwest School of Art we worked with Sound Artist Justin Boyd. We really enjoyed collaborating with Justin to bring his process to film. In one of our favorite scenes we filmed this year, our friend artist Karl Frey’s son Vonnegut plays a young Justin while the artist discusses an early memory of sound growing up in Fort Stockton, Texas. The film was selected as our second Vimeo Staff Pick of the year and has received over 61k views. Watch the film.

GAIA: MARSHLAND #WalleyFilms

8. Gaia at Rice Gallery
We continued our series for Rice Gallery with Baltimore-based street artist Gaia as he created his installation Marshland. We absolutely loved working with Gaia and his assistant Nanook. The film was our most dynamic Rice Gallery film, including footage around the Rice University campus, downtown Houston, as well as stop-motion techniques of Gaia’s process. Watch the film.

WalleyPOS-86, by Mark and Angela Walley

9. “Creation to Consumption” at Sala Diaz
Sala Diaz curator Hills Snyder invited us to step outside of our comfort zone to create our installation “Creation to Consumption”. We transformed the gallery space into a product showroom to unveil and demonstrate the WALLEY POS-86, an impossible video camera that represents a reverse trend in consumer electronics. Read more.

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10. Dennis Olsen Documentary
Artist and friend Gary Sweeney invited us to produce a short documentary following printmaker and musician Dennis Olsen. Dennis’ process is so unique and we really enjoyed filming his musical performances on various instruments. Watch the film.

Our favorite moments of 2013 happened when we screened our films. From SAY Sí and MOSAIC classrooms, our PechaKucha presentation, an artist’s home, to L.A. – screenings gave us a chance to experience our work alongside those who mean the most to us. There’s no way to explain the joy we feel when an artist or audience reacts to our films through laughter or tears. Thank you to everyone who has watched, shared, and given us feedback on our films. Here’s to an even more exciting 2014!

– M&A

Walley Films featured on L'Oeil de Links Canel +

We were interviewed by L’Oeil de Links, a French TV show on Canal+ that features a variety of creative activity from the web. They were interested in featuring our film following artist Soo Sunny Park’s exhibition Unwoven Light at Rice University Art Gallery. Since we uploaded the film in May it has been selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick, featured on Colossal, and has received over 100 thousand total views. We’re so glad Sunny’s amazing work has received the attention is has, including the interview above. L’Oeil de Links also shared our work with artists Yasuaki Onishi and Jimmy Kuehnle. They dubbed our interview, so now we know what we’d sound like if we spoke French!

Watch the interview

-M&A