About the Film

A girl, struggling to get by, decides to take a chance and help someone less fortunate. Through her journey, she discovers her new friend may hold the key to a new way of thinking.

About the Filmmaker

John Barber IV is a filmmaker and student currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Television and Digital Media Production at Ferris State University. He became interested in television at Walled Lake Western High School where he was an integral part of the TV/media production crew. Since then, he has been a producer, director, editor, actor and cinematographer on a variety of projects.

Q&A about the Film

Periphery's Director John Barber IV and Director of Photography Mariah Iltis spoke with PBS about the inspiration for their work, and the significance of their film's conclusion.​

PeripheryRead the Full Q&APBS: What was the inspiration behind this story?

Mariah Iltis: For me the inspiration was from a video I had seen on Facebook. It was a social experiment where they had asked people walking down the street in, I believe it was New York, what they wanted for Christmas. Most of them said something material like a gaming system or certain types of clothing. They then asked the homeless of New York what they wanted for Christmas and, across the board, every one of them said they just wanted a person that would sit and talk with them.

John Barber IV: My inspiration behind this story was based off experiences I have personally seen as going through a mundane day every day. To me some of the best things in life are right in front of us, but we are blinded by our own lives that we miss them. In this film I wanted to show that change and how it can influence someone's life.

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