Looking for Charlie is a documentary about Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and the suicidal clowns who inspired them. It provides a look into the silent era of cinema unlike any other.
Suicide and depression are not easy subjects to talk about – but it is essential that we open up the dialogue about them. We must do this for the sake of honesty and for the sake of understanding or fellow beings.
Everyone knows Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton – no one knows Marceline Orbes or Francis ‘Slivers’ Oakley, the suicidal clowns who inspired them.
This film has been a huge undertaking, a real passion project. We filmed in twelve cities spread over five countries and three continents. We did this because we needed to give our film a truly international dimension – after eight months in production and countless sleep deprived nights, our film has that.
Honesty is key to any really meaningful documentary. Filmmakers need to be honest to their audience, they need to be honest for the sake of their subjects, and they need to be honest about themselves and the film making process.