Caelan Barr

cal-michael-and-yabsera-2010_small2My name is Caelan Barr and I am a sophomore at Denver School of the Arts in Colorado. When I was 11, I had to make a two minute movie as an audition to study Video Cinema Arts. My family had recently adopted my little brother Michael from Ethiopia, and one of my fondest memories was the first time he experienced snow. It was magical! We built a snowman and it was so hard to get him to come inside at the end of the day—he couldn’t get enough of it. So I thought it would be fun to translate that excitement into my audition film. The Snowy Day, which was read to me as a child, seemed to reflect my brother’s emotions perfectly. I emailed the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for permission and they graciously allowed me to make Peter come alive in my film.

barr_snowman_cropIt was a challenge to film with my brother. At first he was very excited to participate, but after multiple takes in the cold his attitude changed, and we had to bribe him with a toy to continue shooting the movie in the snow.

I plan on continuing to direct and create narrative films, and ultimately I hope to work in the film industry. I am honored to have this film I made in 5th grade be featured on the foundation’s website. It’s great to look back and watch the film again.