EDITED BY BRIAN BOLSTER JONATHAN NAPOLITANO EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MATTHEW A STEWART
PRODUCED BY CHRISTOPHER J. ALICE BRIAN BOLSER NATHAN HARTMAN JONATHAN NAPOLITANO KAYLEIGH ROSE
DIRECTED BY JONATHAN NAPOLITANO
THE NEW YORKER Presents
Walt Disney World reopens "The Most Magical Place on Earth," during a pandemic.
My new documentary-short film, SMALL WORLD, was just released by The New Yorker. I always love being able to share new work with you all and I'm very grateful that The New Yorker has given me a chance to reach as many viewers as possible. With that said, I just wanted to let you all know why I made this in the first place. While I made this film for Disney fans, I also made this film for myself too. Ever since I was younger, I have suffered from depression. To the point where it's gotten pretty challenging at times. This is something I'm just starting to feel comfortable enough sharing with people.
As a documentary filmmaker, while researching projects I want to pursue, I always try to attach myself to ideas or concepts that truly mean something to me. Essentially, I'm searching for something which MOVES me emotionally. As I see it, a film without heart means nothing at all. How does this relate to Disney? Disney has always provided that heart. Disney has always moved me to feel and think differently. Disney has always been there for me mentally and emotionally. Growing up, I would always find myself watching Disney animated films. Within these films...the characters, the imagery, the fantasy, the reality, the music; I fell in love as a viewer. For myself, it's just nice to mentally reconnect with something that genuinely makes you happy once in a while. I know not everyone needs Disney for this, but I do.
So reconnecting with that feeling and those memories, provides this sense of comfort. Always has and always will. So that's the main focus of this film. The pandemic is the film's backdrop which makes everything feel uneasy and unsettling, but beyond that, it's a story about loving something that truly means something to you. Loving a feeling, a place or a moment in time and connecting to it. Being able to find that something that resonates in your heart, regardless of the chaos around you.
Even though some of these people featured in the film can't agree on attending Disney's parks (right now), there's still no doubt that Disney has always been there for them...throughout their entire lives. In some way, shape or form. That's how I connect myself to this piece and I have no doubt others can relate.
I'm very proud of this work. I hope you all enjoy it. Thank you for always supporting. Love you all.