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Following Sean

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PBS Premiere: July 31, 2007


Filmmaker Ralph Arlyck first met Sean while living as a graduate student in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood at the height of the 1960s. On the third floor of Arlyck's building was a come-one-come-all crashpad apartment from which the precocious four-year-old Sean would occasionally wander downstairs to visit and talk. One day Arlyck turned on his camera, and Sean's casual commentary on everything from smoking pot to living with speed freaks was delivered in simple sincerity resulting in a famous 15-minute film. Thirty years, three generations, and a lifetime later, Arlyck has returned to San Francisco in search of the adult Sean might have become. And what he finds, to his surprise, tells him as much about his own East Coast migration as it does about the Californian life he left behind.

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TAGS: 1960s, california, children, growing up, haight ashbury, mothers, parenthood, parenting, parents, san francisco, teens, youth

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Film Information

Following Sean (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 31, 2007

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Filmmaker: Ralph Arlyck Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | Press Release


Ralph Arlyck
Ralph Arlyck

I was living in the Haight, and there was this wonderful, precocious, audacious four-year-old living upstairs from me. I was a film student at the time, and I needed a project, so I decided to film him.”

— Ralph Arlyck, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

You will be deeply, quietly moved.”

— Ann Hornaday
The Washington Post

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