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!

  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.


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