Monday, May 12, 2008
Guerilla filmmaking goes wonderfully right
Once again I dreaded making the drive downtown to the Alamo Ritz for a screening. I dread the parking and the hordes of drunken college students. But all that fades once I step into the dark theater house that so many times before has left me inspired. A few days ago I read an editorial in the paper about a young local filmmaker – Kevin Ford. He was going to be showing his most recent project When is Tomorrow starring himself and Eddie Steeples from My Name is Earl. I really had no idea what to expect. What I found was what will become an underground gem in the same vein as Linklater’s Slacker. It is testament to the fact that you don’t need millions of dollars, 35mm
Panavision cameras, monstrous crews or time for that matter to make a film worth something. This film was shot all over Austin in three days with guerilla tactics.
The story chronicles the day and night before Mike is to be married off into adult life. His best friend Ron has flown in from New York to be the best man. What looks from the outset as a carefree final hurrah for old times quickly becomes a study in the manipulative nature of friendship and the ever present threat of needing to grow up and move forward.
When is Tomorrow is alive, vibrant and real. There are many of us who struggle with our own ability to grasp the day and use it toward the deepest passions we each possess. Ron, a poet, embodies this seemly unattainable but ultimately desirable state of being. A poet is passionate by definition. He lives his faith. Mike represents all of us who teeter on the cusp of maturity. He is a man full of inspiration but no direction. He preaches his faith but does not practice.
I fear that to describe the story, characters or structure anymore would give something away so I will leave you with this; It’s not every day that you see or read something that makes you question whether or not you are taking the right steps to better yourself. Because, ultimately - the choice to grow up and move forward is a singular choice and a difficult and sometimes painful choice.
GO SEE THIS FILM – Alamo south Lamar – check listings