Cannes Film Festival to feature student film on blind Clemson fan


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Soon-to-be Clemson graduate Madison Williams will be in France instead of Littlejohn Coliseum for her class’ graduation ceremony next month.

Williams’ documentary ‘136’ (see below) will be screened during the prestigious Cannes Film Festival May 8-19. The short film examines Clemson fan Bryson Carter’s streak of attending Clemson football games (now up to 150) despite losing his eyesight due to a condition back in his time as a student.

“It’s a dream come true, and I have the opportunities presented to me at Clemson University and many of the talented people here to thank for it,” Williams said of the honor to a Clemson University publication. “An email came out of the blue from Campus Movie Fest in Cannes stating that my documentary exhibited ‘extraordinary achievement in storytelling, technical excellence, and creativity’ and that it was going to be screened at the festival in May. ’136’ will be one of 30 films produced by college students that will be screened as part of Cannes’ Short Film Corner.”

Williams says she met Carter while in Arizona for the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, where he took a bus across the country to attend the game.

“Bryson and I shared a ride to the train station in Arizona and he started talking about his passion for football,” Williams told a Clemson University publication. “He told me he visualizes the game through the picture the announcers and the energy of the fans paint in his mind. His story nearly brought me to tears. Meeting one of Clemson’s greatest ambassadors and hearing his love of Clemson football inspired me to tell others about what a special person Bryson is and his devotion to never missing a game.”

You can watch the film below:


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