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“I’m eighty-seven years old, and I am the world’s oldest mime,” Richmond Shepard says. A New York native, Shepard studied under the mime legend Etienne Decroux and alongside Marcel Marceau in Paris in the nineteen-fifties. He went on to be featured in countless national commercials, and made appearances on daytime talk shows and television programs such as “T​he Jeffersons” ​and “Kojak.” ​Nowadays, Shepard says, a mime is often considered just “a pest on the street, making a wall and asking for money.” But this short film by Riley Hooper and Noah Wagner, which follows Shepard through the New York City subway and streets, explores a more artistic side to being a mime. “A lot of communication can happen in silence,” Shepard says. “But you have to listen.”


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