The Film Genius You Don’t Know About

 

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“He could have been another Orson Welles.”
—Gloria Mayware, Film Teacher

“You can definitely see that he was a genius”
— Piero Basso, Filmmaker

“John’s works were magnificent. Personally, I think they were masterpieces”
— Nick Hargst, Historian

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Who is John Wellmore? He was an obsessive photographer and filmmaker, born in 1902. A genius, an artist, and madly in love with his leading lady Marla.

Most significantly, he was also an unwitting pioneer in cinema.

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Through his innovative approach to film equipment, some of his discoveries (including the fisheye lens) precede similar efforts by others, sometimes by decades!

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How did this captivating figure vanish in popular history? Why isn’t he seen as one of the Great American Filmmakers?

Learn more about this intriguing story from the mockumentary below:

Watch ‘Who is John Wellmore?’ by Jazmin Donaldson (Argentina/United States/United Kingdom) on Viddsee:

Keep going! Meet another enigmatic figure in ‘The True Story of Vincent Legrand’, a mockumentary of a famous and whimsical street magician

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