The UnLonely Film Festival: Best of Fest


Growing up in East Baltimore with a debilitating stutter, surrounded by poverty and violence, Colin was an outcast and a target for bullies. Then he discovered a subculture of “throwers” — yoyo artists and found a mission in helping other young people find creative and social outlets through this deceptively simple string toy.

About the FIlmmakers

Darren Durlach Is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker whose career has taken him from earthquake-ravaged Haiti to the Boston Marathon finish line with bombing survivors.  He was awarded the prestigious George Polk award with the famed Boston Globe Spotlight team for a documentary about drunk drivers and the courts.

David Larson’s award-winning photography and journalism have been recognized with many Emmys, Associated Press Awards, Edward R. Murrow awards, and NPPA Best of Photojournalism awards.  

Together they are Co-Founders of Early Light Media in Baltimore, Maryland, where they work to “put social responsibility first, using video as a medium to capture our interconnectivity as humans in a way that is both beautiful and relatable.

Dive Even Deeper

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

  • Find an object in your home, set it on your table, imagine it in motion.  How could you turn it into a toy to be used?
  • Take a walk and notice the environments you encounter every day.  Can you create a personal ritual to perform in concert with your surroundings?  It could be as simple as biting into an apple on a park bench, or rustling your hand through grass, as long as you are paying attention to all of your senses as you do it. How subtle or bold is your action? How have you altered the way you inhabit public space?


  1. Asei Tendle

    Wow man so cool . What an amazing talent and what an amazing way to bring people together for a positive thing!

  2. Sarah

    I had no idea that yo-yoing was a subculture, a competitive sport or an art form. What a unique way to build community and make connections with others. And incredible talent!


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