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I Know a Man...Ashley Bryan

Documentary Film

I Know a Man...Ashley Bryan is a story about a 90+ year-old artist who skips and jumps in his heart like a child, yet is a spiritually deep creative genius and poet/illustrator of 50 children's books, maker of magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage. Ashley lived on the remote Cranberry Islands, Maine until his death at 98 years old in February 2022. He had been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community. His life story and the art he makes from this wellspring of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages.

20% of sales through this website will go to support the Ashley Bryan Center.


July 13 at 7pm
Criterion Theater
Bar Harbor, Maine
July 14 at 3pm
Criterion Theater
Bar Harbor, Maine
July 17 at 2pm
The Strand Theater
Rockland, Maine
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"Ashley...radiates the joy of living completely in the moment... Highly recommended for public, academic and school libraries"

—School Library Journal

"The film is...a wonderful tool to learn about diversity, cultural competency, inclusion and social justice"

—American Library Association
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