Slomo Directed by Josh Izenberg Shows as part of Shorts Program 2, “Life and Death,” June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at AFI Silver and June 23 at 3:45 p.m. at Goethe-Institut

Slomo proposes that spiritual happiness comes from not dealing with life’s traditional obstacles. Its philosopher-clown is John Kitchin, a 69-year-old local celebrity in Pacific Beach, Calif. John, or “Slomo” as his fans call him, rollerblades up and down the boardwalk, gliding on one foot with a big toothy grin on his face. That is his bliss. As he tells it, he gave up a lucrative medical career—and the material spoils that came with it—to find divine satisfaction. Few would argue he didn’t succeed, even if it took nearly a lifetime to do it. In the end, his secret is a simple one: “I’m trying to get to the end of my life without becoming an asshole again.”

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