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‘Papa’s Shadow’ Remembers Ernest Hemingway’s Journeys Across Africa

'Papa's Shadow' Remembers Ernest Hemingway's Journeys Across Africa

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Papa’s Shadow

Logline: Featuring exclusive testimony by Ernest’s son, Patrick Hemingway, “Papa’s Shadow” explores the integral role of two safaris in the shaping of an author and demise of a legend.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Papa’s Shadow” is an intimate and revealing documentary film that examines Ernest Hemingway’s hunting expeditions in East Africa. His relationship with the people, the lifestyle he piloted and the tragedies that would unfold in Tanzania left an indelible impression on the late author. Featuring exclusive testimony by Ernest’s only living son, Patrick Hemingway, as well as Tanzanian author and Hemingway scholar, Dr. Joseph Mbele, “Papa’s Shadow” holds key dialogue on subjects such as race, language, and the cultures that distinguish us as citizens of the world while exploring a remarkable chapter in the life of a historic American writer.

Production Team:
Jimmy Gildea – Producer, Director, Writer, Director of Photography, Editor
Mark Nystrom – Producer, Editor
Joseph Mbele – Producer
Lois Gildea – Executive Producer
Mark Gildea – Executive Producer
David Cooper – Executive Producer
Sam McClure – Co-Producer
Justin Larson – Co-Producer
Clay Cooper – Co-Producer
Bernard Fletcher – Original Soundtrack
Kari Riley – Photographer
Elizabeth Turner – Archival Researcher

Chase Polk – Sound Engineer
Chris Libbey – Colorist

About the Film:
This film began over four years ago in Oak Park, IL out of my simple interest in Hemingway and love of filmmaking. The following year I took my first trip to Africa for Professor Mbele’s study-abroad course, “Hemingway in East Africa.” Following this pivotal experience, my family and I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and I later met Mr. Patrick Hemingway. Throughout all of these moments, there were inherent, resounding themes that I have been fortunate to develop into my first, feature-length film. This project has enabled me to found Ramble Pictures, alongside a team of incredible people for whom I am so grateful.

Current Status: This is a completed film. We are currently fundraising to pay for remaining fees (primarily copyright licenses for photographs) in order to distribute/show/submit to festivals.

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