Special Presentation
Films that fall outside other categories yet merit their own screenings.
Signs of Humanity
USA, 2016, 90 min., Color
For years, advertising guru and SMU professor Willie Baronet has been fascinated by the signs the homeless use encouraging one to help. His artistic eye and agency background saw more than a plea – he saw art, he saw life, he saw humanity.

Embracing his desire to create a 'HeaART' project, Willie drives cross-country for a month – all the while “buying” the signs of the homeless he meets along the way. From Seattle to San Diego, Vegas to Cincinnati, Philly to New York, and points in between. Visiting with the people from whom he buys the signs, Willie meets a cross-section of America. Their common ground – they have no home.

SIGNS OF HUMANITY follows Willie and his team throughout this trek. They start in Seattle not knowing what they are going to find or whom they are going to meet. Their sole desire – to collect these signs, talk to the homeless, and seek to discover: “what does home mean to you?”

A portion of the proceeds from this special presentation screening will be donated to The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, a shelter here in Dallas.
— Lee Papert
Willie Baronet, Tim Chumley
Judy Gass, Eamon Downey, Willie Baronet
Willie Baronet

Director Bio

Willie Baronet is an artist and Stan Richards Professor in Creative Advertising at SMU in Dallas, Texas. He is the former owner and creative director of GroupBaronet (now MasonBaronet). He received an MFA in Arts & Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and his art has been featured in a number of group exhibitions including the 15th Annual “No Dead Artists” at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, La., “INVASIONEN/INVASIONS” at the Galerie Carolyn Heinz in Hamburg, Germany, and “500XPO 2012” at 500X in Dallas. Baronet also had a solo show called “HOME?” at the Hal Samples Gallery in Dallas, and has organized several interventionist art performances titled “We are all homeless." In 2012, he gave a TEDx talk about the art project featured in his debut feature documentary, SIGNS OF HUMANITY. In 2013, Baronet was named an AIGA Fellow for making a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within our design community.
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