"The Smith Perspective" Documentary Film
To the right is the full version of the film that was premiered at the AFI Theaters in Silver Spring, MD on August 26, 2019.
To the right is the three and a half minute trailer to my one-hour Documentary film that was premiered at the AFI Theaters in Silver Spring, MD on August 26, 2019.
"The Smith Perspective" is a film about an incredible African American family that has proudly and bravely dealt with the effects of a brain tumor to the mother that has left her to be a quadriplegic. It is a story that challenges your life perspective which will hopefully make you question how you look at your own life in a different way. “The Smith Perspective” also defines to the deepest degree on what it takes to be a real man. It is a film worthy to be on a network so inclined to move an audience to its core.
Click below to see a montage of the Premiere Night
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Here's some feedback on what people are saying about "The Smith Perspective"
"The moral of this movie is the celebration of life. As is the case so often, the challenges faced by the Smith family helped them focus on the things that are most important. Which in turn moves us to ask what would we fight for? Put above and beyond the petty stuff we normally focus on. It takes a visionary to see the story underneath the challenges, and that's what James Bonato is supremely skilled at. Everyone one of us who watched the movie left a different person...and isn't that the best part of life? That we grow, evolve, and discover!"
"Words cannot convey the impact this movie had on my wife and me. The Smith Family's story changed not only our relationship and the way we communicate with each other, but also changed the way we guide and listen to our children. Finally a documentary without an agenda other than to inspire others. We now use the word "perspective" frequently and listen more than we talk. Can't thank James Bonato and the Smith family enough for sharing this story with us."
"With a natural ease, Joe Smith takes life to a whole new level. He both defines and defies the meaning of the words commitment and balance as he dedicates his entire being to his roles as Husband and Father, Caregiver and Self. James Bonato crafts this inspiring saga in a manner that captures the heart and soul of the entire Smith family and leaves you with a sense of awe. Definitely a film worth seeing!"
"This is an excellent documentary depicting a beautiful, selfless acts of humanity. When all hope seem to be lost in the wife, her husband’s message was “not so.” Life will go forward! He was phenomenal and the whole family followed suit. Each one helping the other. They showed courage, rawness, humor, and faith. The family were committed to one another despite the odds. The film showed the audience that humanity is not just a shallow existence to throw in the towel when hardships come. It’s a beautiful act of love bringing a family together in unity. It was a delight to watch and it pulled at the heart strings in so many ways. The whole world should see this film and be enlighten by it. Thank you James, for your talent and gift. Truly a delight to watch."
"The Smith Perspective is deeply compelling. To hear the story of this family, in their own words, both feeling their pain and joy, hit me at my core. Kudos to James for choosing to tell this story and to the family for their bravery & openness with such intimate parts of their lives."
"The Smith Perspective is an incredible achievement in documentary filmmaking. Beautifully shot and edited by James Bonato, the film intimately follows the lives of the Smith family through their hardships and triumphs. Joe Smith is one of the most likeable individuals ever to grace the screen. His charisma, charm and unwavering loyalty to his wife and family is simply awe-inspiring. Society has so much to learn from this family and I highly recommend this film to everyone. It is an experience one will never forget."
"The Smith Perspective is a documentary film that will add a valuable piece to your own puzzle. It is a must see documentary that asks everyone to step up and be more, feel more and do more on a daily basis. James Bonato is a superb film maker and this documentary is a special tribute to The Smith family."
"What an inspirational story! The Smith family are amazing people and the film captured their love of family and God in an inspirational and motivational way. The film caught my attention right out the gate and kept me interested throughout."
"It was a wonderful documentary. My husband and I enjoyed witnessing each family member's perspective and were humbled by the outpouring of inspirational and positive comments at the end."
"I felt the documentary was great and very inspirational. It displayed the importance of family coming together through challenging times. It should be watch by everyone no matter of your race to understand what it means to have understanding and compassion. Again, I enjoyed watching the documentary and it definitely made me think about my life and challenges that I'm faced with."
"A masterpiece! Should be shared to everyone as it is so well done, so inspirational and I want anyone in the world to see this one of a kind family!"
"This is a very moving ongoing situation of love overcoming huge challenges with persistence and even obstinacy. This is the Life saga of the Smith family. James has portrayed the story compassionately with feeling and empathy. Congratulations to James for bringing this story to a wide audience. All the Very Best to the Smith family, particularly to Mrs. Smith for her courage and fortitude. We can all learn from her example to carry on despite the most difficult obstacles."