All the Beautiful Things

Director: John D. Harkrider

Institute History

  • 2014 Sundance Film Festival


All the Beautiful Things describes the palpable and uniquely portrayed real-life experience of two men seeking to repair their lifelong, but fractured, bond. Looking to move beyond their individual and shared histories of domestic violence, poverty, and racism, each seeks redemption and solace.

Best friends John Harkrider and Barron Claiborne reunite in a crowded New York jazz club to confront the actions that caused the extended rift in their longtime friendship. Both men recount chapters of their tumultuous childhoods and growing-up years in different areas of Boston. Striking black-and-white illustrations ground the unfolding story.

Weaving in conversations with a stunning bartender amidst a live band’s performance, All the Beautiful Things conveys the raw emotional power of director John Harkrider’s life story. His vibrant new work is a distinctive portrayal of a night of intense conversation between old friends hoping to right past wrongs.

— Lisa Viola

Screening Details


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