Love Thy Neighbor

This film contains content and themes that some may find upsetting and disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.


In a peaceful neighborhood, a man struggles with the law, his neighbors, and drug addiction in an effort to provoke discussions about his controversial ideas.

Ian 3Love Thy Neighbor, my project I chose for Chris’s film class this semester, is an intense and personal look at the story of James Edward Avery (commonly referred to as the “Crazy Sign Guy”), his neighbors, and their interactions. Drawing from a rich resource of interviews, documents, family photos, and videos, this documentary dives headlong into the feuds between the neighbors and DeKalb County, and presents the human story of the troubles which have torn the Mason Mill Area apart.

Although currently around 16 minutes, my plans are to make a full length documentary, most likely with the help of crowdfunding, so that each aspect of this story can be explored and told in depth.





Hi! I’m Ian, a junior at TNS, and I have a love for filmmaking. I’ve basically had a camera in my hand since I was a fetus.

Okay, well maybe not a fetus.

Look, the point is that I’ve been interested in visual storytelling since a very young age, and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the art of cinema. I really enjoy making things with subject matter that revolves around the dark, the surreal, the creepy, and, especially in the case of Love Thy Neighbor, the human condition.

Beginning with a simple seed of curiosity, this project has been in the works for over two years now and has been a true labor of love.

Have any questions or comments? Feel free to talk to me in the Zoom film panel or email me at isefilms1313@gmail.com.

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