April 4, 2008

The Fort Fisher Hermit film

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The Fort Fisher Hermit; The Life & Death of Robert E. Harrill, a documentary by Rob Hill and narrated by Barry Corbin, explores this unique individual through a series of interviews, photographs and vintage film footage. Common Sense Films of Wilmington North Carolina has spent eighteen months developing a documentary that captures the spirit of this unique individual. Common Sense Films came together in January of 2002 when Rob Hill and Bryan Mahoney rediscovered this local legend. Nate Panning, having just completed a short film with Rob, joined the team and Scott Davis was asked to oversee the production.

After much research and meeting with local historians, Common Sense Films began collecting interviews over a 10-month period that took them through North and South Carolina. By December of 2002 they had collected almost 25 hours of interviews of those who knew Robert Harrill, over 200 photographs, an audio interview recorded in 1967, as well as a collection of 8mm home movies.

“We are ecstatic over the amount of visual documentation that has been collected” said Scott Davis. “Robert Harrill has to be the most photographed homeless person in history,” added Bryan Mahoney.

Intro-The Hermit Walk
Movie Trailer
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