Friday, September 14, 2007

Movies Close To Home

One of the amazing things about the reviewing world is that you never know what is going to happen next. As some of you know, in the real world I work with the homeless. Last week I received an Email about the upcoming Calgary Film Festival, and in particular one movie that is premiering at the festival 'Downtown Dawgs'.

Believe it or not there is a World Cup of soccer for homeless people, and in 2006 it was held in South Africa. This movie follows the fortunes and misfortunes of Team Canada, some members of which came from Calgary. I noticed that a couple of names on the 'coaching' side were people that I knew. I could not resist jumping in on this one.

So today I am going to be interviewing a couple of people, including the movie director. Alas I have not been able to view a screener yet, the movie is still in post production, and they need to hustle on that, it premiers in 8 days!

I have to admit that I like dealing with the Indy arts world, everyone is so much more approachable, they are always delighted to have a reviewer interested in their work. The MSM (MainStream Media) on the other hand could care less about any movie that didn't cost the national debt of a small third world country to make.

Oh, and before anyone gets their knickers in a knot, no tax payers money was involved in this project! There are lots of misnomers in the what people think of the homeless. They are not all panhandling, dirty bums who hang out on street corners, most are people that you would not glance at twice, they are just like you and me.

1 comment:

Bruce A. Bateman said...

After living in Phoenix where the homeless affluent enough to travel come and hang out every winter in their thousands, I am happy to report that there are no homeless at all on Saipan. There are a couple of wierdo surf bums cum natural dredlock guys that shuffle around, but they have a home to go to at the end of the day. Family or friends takes care of the poor out here. And the traveling poor can't afford the airline ticket to get here I guess. (:-))

Shopping carts actually stay at the stores here!

I knew a guy (sold him a big truck) that made a very good living in Phoenix just driving around picking up shopping cats all over the city and returning them to the store they belonged to.