Keeper of the Kohn

64mins | 2005 | DocumentaryNR
Many challenges are ahead for Peter Kohn, a beloved collegiate lacrosse field manager who is believed to be autistic. As the team seeks a national championship, Peter must choose between his allegiance to the student athletes and his devotion to a cancer-stricken friend, all while reacting emotionally to his upcoming retirement. Can anyone, let alone Peter, negotiate such dramatic changes? Read the announcement from Middlebury. Thoughts on Peter Kohn from Keeper of the Kohn director, David Gaynes August 6, 2008 Many people today mourn the passing of Peter Kohn, a wonderful man who was hard to summarize as he was everything from a simple equipment manager to a prophet. My relationship with Peter was one of deep respect, mutual trust, and enduring love. I have been interviewed a few times in the past 24 hours, I suppose because it is assumed that I knew Peter's story well and can tell it succinctly. What these interviews do not give me the chance to express is that fact that Peter knew me incredibly well. It was the process of revealing myself to Peter that made our relationship so meaningful-- so much deeper than simply the cooperation between a biographer and his subject. Today there is a piece of me missing, as all those who knew Peter can attest. Any time a person consents to have their most private self revealed through the medium of documentary film, intimate moments will be captured on tape, synthesized in editing, and eventually revealed to an audience. I advised Peter to not take this process lightly, to appreciate what I was trying to accomplish by telling his story and to work with me as we exposed more and more people to the messages in the film. Peter, a thoughtful person throughout his life, always wanted the film to affect people in a positive way and I hope that every decision I have made for the film satisfies this noble wish. As new people experience Keeper of the Kohn, it is my great desire-- and I believe Peter's as well-- that we think critically about the friendships and life experiences depicted in the work and apply those lessons to our daily lives. We are all better for having known Peter, whether we met him in waking life or in the world of moving images. David Gaynes Director, Keeper of the Kohn Click the Q&A tab for an interview with Keeper of the Kohn Director, David Gaynes
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