A senior at Clemson University is screening a documentary at the Cannes Film Festival in France this month. Madison Williams’ five-minute-long documentary is called “136” and will be screened alongside films from the world’s most renowned filmmakers.
The film spotlights a passionate Tigers football fan named Bryson Carter, who at the time of filming, had been to 136 consecutive Clemson football games. That number is now 150.
However, the most remarkable thing about Bryson is he has done it all while battling blindness, caused by a condition he was diagnosed with at age 15. Still, he’s traveled by bus on rides lasting up to 48 hours, sometimes alone. The documentary shares his story and his unwavering devotion for the team, which Williams says is shared by many Clemson fans.
“You can see that when you walk around on a game day. You can see that when you’re walking on campus,” she says. “So Bryson’s story encompasses what it means to be a Clemson fan.”
Williams says she filmed and edited the piece in one week and this was her first documentary. It’s one of 30 films produced by college students that will be screened in the festival’s “Short Film Corner.” She leaves for the Cannes Film Festival this Thursday.