The UnLonely Film Festival: Best of Fest

The Tables

About the Filmmaker

Jon Bunning grew up on Air Force bases around the Midwest eventually landing in Omaha, Nebraska. After college, he moved to New York to pursue a career as an advertising creative director.

In recent years he branched out into photography and documentary filmmaking. His photo essay on Bhutan was recognized by National Geographic. His first two films were shot entirely by himself, playing the roles of director, producer, cinematographer, and sound recordist.

His second documentary The Tables premiered at the acclaimed Ashland Independent Film Festival where it won the audience award for Best Short Documentary. It went on to win over a dozen awards for best documentary and screened at several prestigious festivals including DOC NYC, Nashville Film Festival, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Oscar® qualifying Florida Film Festival.

Dive Even Deeper

Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…

Visualize your community, your heaven.

Consider for a moment what one of the players said: ‘When you find your people, you find your heaven.’

  • Think about a time when you experienced a deep sense of community and belonging.
  • What made the community work so well for you?
  • Take a piece of paper and a pen/pencil and draw a flow chart or other diagram representing the group/community/place and the connections that you made.


  1. Eric Rarama

    Nice story about co-existence in New York, the kind that is not limited to one social class

  2. Martha

    everyone needs someplace to go and enjoy life and company.

  3. Anonymous

    it is a beautiful thing when people from all walks of life are accepted based on being human and now what they can offer or provide. A love for the sport is all they have in common and everyone is open and friend and genuinely good hearted when they are at the Tennis Table. This is a great video.

  4. Anonymous

    Loved this. Makes me want to go back to NYC and watch this. I love random community gatherings like this.

  5. anonymous

    I liked the film and how it demanstrates the different classes of people with the same interests and how they share a commanality and have made a community for themselves.


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