July 11, 2015 - Cinepaxy - review
"A movie impossible to ignore, a great masterpiece of cinema" [in Italian]
-- Lorenzo Paci

June 7, 2015 - FIPRESCI - Krakow Film Festival review
"The unique combination of strong characters, innovative cinematic experience and the clearly uplifting message of hope that makes SHOULDER THE LION an outstanding documentary."
-- Ulrich Wimmeroth

June 7, 2015 - FIPRESCI Award - Krakow Film Festival award statement
Jury: Marek Hendrykowski - Chairman (Poland), Ohad Landesman (Israel), Ulrich Wimmeroth (Germany)
"For its unique and innovative cinematic expression that presents in different ways the subjective experience of characters who lost essential parts of their being in cataclysmic events."

May 26, 2015 - Onet.Film - Krakow Film Festival best-of list
"Hypnotic, aesthetically beautiful, and with life's wisdom" [in Polish]
-- Dagmara Romanowska

May 25, 2015 - Moje Refleksje - Krakow Film Festival review
"Visual masterpiece that is a great joy to watch. It was constructed to awe and hypnotize the viewer" [in Polish]
-- Ikalia

May 23, 2015 - Tygodnik Powszechny - Krakow Film Festival best-of list
"One of the most unique documentraies at this year's festival" [in Polish]
-- Anita Piotrowska

May 3, 2015 - The Film Corner - Hot Docs best-of list
"Loss has seldom seemed so elevating. The film takes us to higher planes, just as its subjects soar to stellar limits on the steam of their own inner flames."
-- Greg Klimkiv

April 30, 2015 - Novella Magazine - Hot Docs interview with Bojana Duric
"We wanted to start pushing the boundaries and do something that's never been done before."

April 30, 2015 - The Film Corner - Hot Docs review
"SHOULDER THE LION is not like it's some stereotypical disease of the week documentary about brave people overcoming their afflictions to find new meaning in their lives."
-- Greg Klimkiv

April 28, 2015 - Indie Wire - Hot Docs interview with Laura Berger
"We set out to express the stories in our film in non-illustrative visual language."

April 28, 2015 - Toronto Film Scene - Hot Docs review
"If you [..] have had a life-altering experience, this documentary could be what you need to help you make sense of things."
-- Alexix McLaren

April 27, 2015 - POV MAgazine - Hot Docs review
"SHOULDER THE LION is a beautifully crafted meditation on resilience [...] a mesmerizing and gorgeous creative account of how the human spirit can overcome tragedy."
-- Annette Mangaard

April 24, 2015 - The Windsor Square - Hot Docs review
"Far from ordinary. [...] This is no run of the mill documentary."
-- Robert K Stephen

April 24, 2015 - Alterna Vox - Hot Docs best-of-list
"SHOULDER THE LION tells the story of 3 artists that have lost their main artistic sense and how they adapt to their new realities."

April 21, 2015 - Scene Creek - Hot Docs review
"The visually meditative aspects of SHOULDER THE LION are very much in the tradition of "Baraka" and "Samsara," but with more focused and personal subject matter."
-- Reza Rad

April 21, 2015 - Novella Magazine - Hot Docs best-of-list
"The cinematic approach to conveying the artists’ talents and passion is mesmerizingly unique and life changing."
-- Bojana Duric

April 19, 2015 - Hey's Musings - Hot Docs best-of-list
"A visual essay that aims to make one ponder about art and how our abilities dictate how we see the world around us."
-- Heidy Musings

April 17, 2015 - Harbinger Online - Middle of the Map Fest review
“SHOULDER THE LION is unlike any cinematic piece I have ever seen or experienced before."
-- Sophie Tulp

April 15, 2015 - Cinema Axis - Hot Docs best-of-list
"Exploring the pain of their transformations and the dynamic imagery [the filmmakers] create, SHOULDER THE LION aims to show the universal power of the creative process."
-- Courtney Small

April 14, 2015 - FernTV - Hot Docs interview and commentary
"Exciting your senses, SHOULDER THE LION has opened the doors for artistic cinematic storytelling in the documentary format for many years to come."
-- Fernado Fernandez

April 13, 2015 - Wiley Writes Movie Reviews - Hot Docs review
"SHOULDER THE LION is an inspiring, sad, wonderful documentary full of hope and humanity."
-- Addison Wiley

April 7, 2015 - Ink Magazine - Middle of the Map Fest best-of-list

April 5, 2015 - Best of Toronto - Hot Docs best-of list
"This inspiring festival gem explores uncertain futures and personal struggles experienced by three different artists [who] are the anchors behind this haunting, unique, and visually stunning documentary."
-- Nellie Chen

March 28, 2015 - The Movie Blog - Jameson Dublin Film Festival review
"Shoulder the Lion is a visual sumptuous documentary"
-- Darren

March 26, 2015 - Hayes at the Movies - Jameson Dublin Film Festival review
"SHOULDER THE LION is a powerful piece of filmmaking that celebrates the power of the human spirit, but allows its three subjects to be human and honest."
-- Brogen Hayes

March 20, 2015 - Irish Daily Mail - Jameson Dublin Film Festival overview
"A must-see if you are into documentaries is SHOULDER THE LION"
-- Jacqueline Strawbridge

March 10, 2015 - The Reader - Omaha Film Festival overview
"In the spirit of Errol Morris, filmmakers Patryk Rebisz and Erinnisse Heuer-Rebisz use assertive techniques to create a visually stunning [...] palette that gets inside the head of its subjects."
-- Leo Adam Biga

March 7, 2015 - American Cinematographer Magazine - Salem Film Fest Best Cinematography Award
"SHOULDER THE LION is one of the more unique documentaries I’ve seen — and a work of art in itself."
-- Stephen Pizzello (Editor-in-Chief)

March 5, 2015 - Entertainment - Jameson Dublin Film Festival best-of-list
"Instead of the standard documentary view, SHOULDER THE LION uses haunting imagery and protracted scenes meshed with an esoteric soundtrack to create something unlike any documentary you're likely to see."

January 19, 2015 - The Hollywood Reporter - Palm Springs Festival review
"Visual treat about some very abstract notions and ideas"
-- Boyd van Hoeij

January 13, 2015 - The Desert Sun - Palm Springs Festival - sum up of the festival
"And hearing how Erinnisse and Patryk Rebisz conceived the idea for "Spirit/Will/Loss" was fascinating, not only because the pair is so animated and enthusiastic, but also because of their dedication to ensure that every single frame in the movie served a purpose."
-- Xochitl Pena

January 10, 2015 - The Desert Sun - Palm Springs Festival write up (plus video) about making the film
"It may be hard to describe or categorize "Spirit/Will/Loss," but the filmmakers are OK with that."
-- Xochitl Pena

January 8, 2015 - Coachella Valley Weekly - Palm Springs Festival interview with Heidi Simmons
"We didn’t want to compromise our vision. We considered every second of images and kept making changes until we were all satisfied”

January 8, 2015 - CV Weekly - Palm Springs Festival review
"Superbly crafted art film. [...] Don't miss this one if art is in any way part of your life. Even more so if it is not."
-- Robin E. Simmons

January, 2015 - Palm Springs Life write up about making the film



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