At 26 years of age, I am sorry to admit that I am only recently discovering some of the amazing festivals in my hometown. Last October was my first time taking in Dedfest, a yearly horror film festival that features fantastic indie films and documentaries that have already gained some critical acclaim from other film festivals like the Toronto International Film Festival, to name one. This is how I saw John Dies at the End, a seriously messed up movie based on the novel by David Wong, and which wasn’t officially released to theatres in the US until this past January.
Tonight, armed with a media pass and representing CJSR 88.5 FM, the non-profit community radio station for which I volunteered last summer, I finally took in at least one film on the schedule for the Global Visions Film Festival. The GVFF is, apparently, Canada’s longest running documentary film festival, presenting socially relevant food for thought from around the world since 1983. Tonight’s offering was Lunarcy!, a humorous and touching film about a group of individuals who have devoted their lives to the Moon.
Featured in this film:
- Former Apollo Astronaut Alan Bean who, after retiring from NASA in 1981, became a painter. His subject of choice? The Moon! He even uses a real Moon Boot and the pick he used to gather Moon rocks to texturize his paintings!! If you can’t tell by the punctuation, I thought that was pretty cool. Here’s his website.
- Dennis Hope of the Lunar Embassy. Hope submitted a bid for ownership of the Moon to the UN in 1980 (finding a loophole around the 1967 treaty that no business could own celestial bodies), and it was apparently never contested. Now, for the low price of $24.00 (including taxes) you can contact the Embassy and purchase your plot of land on the Moon! You could be Jimmy Carter’s neighbour!
- Christopher Carson, a passionate young man with a penchant for colourful waistcoats and neckties, who travels the US spreading the word about the Luna Project. The idea of the Luna Project is that, if enough like-minded people pool together their efforts and resources, the colonization of the Moon is incredibly possible and realistic. The Moon would be the first step to colonizing the other celestial bodies, like Mars for example. He was so passionate, and believed in this idea so hard that it was actually very inspiring!
This film was actually great, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to see it! Makes me wonder what other powerful films I’ve been missing out on all these years. To top it all off, my mind was blown when I heard a 20 second clip of my favourite musical piece (Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata) played on one of my favourite instruments (the steel drum) somewhere in the middle of the film. I found a similar performance on YouTube, and I’d like to share it here as well!
Coming soon (since putting it down long enough to see this movie tonight was hard enough) will be my two cents about City of Bones by Cassandra Clare…