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.

Meet the Filmmaker

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.

Join the Conversation

How does the film change your perspective on what addiction can look like? When nothing outwardly seems wrong, how can we check-in with friends and family to make sure they’re coping and have someone to confide in?

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  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!

  3. Anonymous

    Want to change your life? Get out of the house and go do something to change it. Great advice from an unexpected source, a yo-yo guru.

  4. Anonymous

    Nice film. This man found his calling, yo-yo, and in turn others as well from his circle. Positive influence in its way.

  5. Heidi Ornelas

    Wow! I love that everyone has something…

  6. Anonymous

    People with special talent should be recognized and appreciated by the public, despite their disabilities status and/or ethic background.

  7. Anonymous

    Nice film. It is sad to think that some people are shafted for their disability. Finding a hidden talent is admirable.

  8. Anonymous

    I found myself lost in this story. Outstanding presentation. Great message.

  9. Phil Bode

    Love how he took a possible negative focus by others (stuttering) and moved beyond it and ended up being a role model doing his own thing.

  10. xinyan liu

    cant imagine yoyo can do much great things. give people a chance to concentrate, find joy and pass joy to other people to have social connect. also help youself find identity. amazing film


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