I worked on a film called ‘Tooting Broadway’ a little under a year ago, shooting all the movie stills and behind the scenes pictures. The trailer was recently released, with the movie coming out soon, so be sure to check it out! Hopefully I’ll be able to show you guys the stills soon as well so watch this space.
I discovered the documentary ‘Bombay Beach’ by Alma Har’el a few days ago. It’s a truly beautiful and magical film, portraying the snippets of the lives of three people surrounded by vast decay and poverty, yet with such intimate relations and happiness. It’s even got a little choreographed dance thrown into the mix and has a soundtrack of almost entirely Beirut and Bob Dylan! I’d definitely go as far as saying it’s one of the best films I’ve ever seen.
This description from the Tribeca Film Festival catalogue explains it a little better:
"The rusting relic of a failed 1950s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren Californian landscape often seen as a symbol of the failure of the American Dream.
A sea in the middle of the Colorado desert.
First-time director Alma Har’el visits this poetically fruitful terrain in her distinctive documentary Bombay Beach, and finds there a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn high school football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet. Together they make up a triptych of American manhood in its decisive moments, populating the Salton Sea’s land of thwarted opportunity.
True to her roots as a photographer, video artist, and music video director, Har’el crafts here an adamantly atypical and artistically innovative film—a dreamlike poem that sets the personal stories of these distinctive yet familiar characters to a stylized amalgam of observational documentary and choreographed dance, with music by Beirut and Bob Dylan, all cast against the atmospheric scenery of the titular ghost town.
The result is a moving and surreal documentary experience—an evocative, symbolic portrait of rural America and its inhabitants. Winner of the Tribeca film festival doc competition.”
Watch it NOW!