SHELTER ISLAND is an uplifting account of how compassion and human connection can unlock great potential in hidden places.
This unique documentary reveals the story of Shelter Island, NY resident and ‘outsider’ artist Harald Olson and his equally eclectic patron, Jimmy Olinkiewicz, a blue-collar gas station owner and father of an Autistic child. The film follows their amazing journey from selling paintings alongside a picket fence to a major showing at a Chelsea art gallery in Manhattan.
On their journey towards this goal and through the show’s success, it becomes clear that Harald’s art is the perfect parallel to Jimmy’s kindness: it is innate, beautiful, and wholly unexpected.
“One can’t help but draw comparisons between Harald and Jackson Pollock… The film takes a Cinderella story twist when renowned painter and sculptor David Rankin gets Harald an exhibition in New York City.” – Sag Harbor Express
DVD INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING BONUS FEATURES:
• “In My Mind” short film by Alex Olinkiewicz. A unique look at life as an autistic child, it has already garnered millions of views on YouTube and led to a book publishing deal for Alex.
• Montage of Harald Olson’s paintings set to music.