Left by her fianceì for another woman, a grieving painter (Britt Lower) abandons the life she knew to join the seemingly chaotic, yet invigorating world of a one-ring circus. Intermingling live-action circus arts and animated body paint, CIRCUS PERSON follows an introspective artist through the often humorous landscape of heartbreak to reclaim her forgotten wildness.
This mixed media, sometimes stop animation, twist on a “Dear John” letter is simply amazing. Vibrantly colored, engrossingly shot, Circus Person is a little bit of every visual storytelling treat you didn’t know you needed. It’s poetic and cathartic and funny. Watching it literally makes me want to join a circus for my own set of personal reasons. The script is easily about grieving, changing, and accepting the fact that we cannot control a damn thing. I first met Britt Lower at the premiere of Beside Still Waters (which if you haven’t seen, do yourself a favor and experience some more great storytelling). This feat of acting, directing, and writing is ripe for further development. (Hint, hint) I want to know what happens next. It is smart and touching from every angle. I highly recommend you catch it while you can! You can watch Circus Person on YouTube now as part of Tribeca’s contribution to the We Are One – A Global Film Festival.
TRT: 17 min
Curated by: Tribeca Film Festival
CIRCUS PERSON will be available to view for 10 days at
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Britt Lower
CREATIVE PRODUCER/EDITOR: Alex Knell
PRODUCERS: Sam Fox, Desiree Staples
CO-PRODUCERS: Alexandre Naufel, Jasmine Dickens
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Elsa Gay, Tricia Lee
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Alexandre Naufel
COMPOSER: Jason Lesser
BODY-PAINTING: Christopher Agostino
CAST: Britt Lower, Philip Smithey, Jess Marks, Ramona Young