On a pleasant evening in October we pull into a Hardee's parking lot. It's on the corner of a busy intersection full of chain shops selling quick and cheap service, though this lot sits 10 feet higher than the other three corners. The spot is a blacktop stage for restless commuters to watch as they wait for their turn to go.
Perched on the handlebars of his old Huffy Cruiser is Lionel Hills. His white iPhone earbuds blare gospel music. In his unassuming uniform he rides backwards. He swings around and dances. Spins and juggles his batons.
By chance, 13 years ago, he found a creative outlet and became obsessed with the freedom of this unique street performance. "There was a time I'd be out there for six hours. It became a habit." Every dry day after work, he takes the lot. "It's like I'm making a career out of it," he says.
Meet Lionel - the everyday acrobat - in L'HUMBLE CIRQUE.
Production, Post / Tinker Park
Director, Edit / Will Wertz
Producer, AD / Bennett Conrad
Cinematographer / Kassim Norris