2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Learning To See

Sunday, March 13
3:45PM - 4:52PM

Alamo Lamar C
1120 S Lamar Blvd


Hashtags: #sxsw #learningtosee

This film tells the story of photographer Robert Oelman who leaves his psychology career in the early 1990's to pursue photography. He moves from the United States to Colombia and purchases a small farm in the hills. On his journeys through the rain forests of the Amazon Basin he begins to take striking photographic images of undiscovered insects. After more than twenty years of traveling, searching and photographing, his quest culminates with a New York City gallery show. He also learns that these tiny life forms must continue to survive. They are at the bottom of the mammalian food chain and are critically important to all animal species including mankind.

Section: Documentary Spotlight
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 67min

Director: Jake Oelman

Producer: Jerry Aronson, Jake Oelman

Screenwriter: Jerry Aronson

Cinematographer: Tom Lembcke, Jake Oelman

Editor: Jake Oelman

Sound Designer: Mac Smith

Music: Lawrence Shragge

Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Alixcia Doub Oelman, Co-Producer: Hilary Birmingham, Original Song - Singer/Songwriter: Alixcia, Original Song - Songwriter: Geoffrey Titus, Original Song - Songwriter: Rob Heskin

Principal Cast: Robert Oelman, Christian Lopez


In 2012 Jake produced 'The Electric Daisy Carnival Experience' as a part of Fathom Events. In 2013 his independent romantic comedy 'Dear Sidewalk' premiered at the Austin Film Festival and he currently produces and directs for his production company Barcode Films.

Sales Agent: Submarine

Public Film Contact
Jerry Aronson
Learning To See, LLC

Publicity Contact
Lauren Avinoam



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