In 2014, director Mike Messier started work on a film then called Disregard
the Vampire - a film that was only one of the many projects Messier
started with hopes of being able to finish but that hasn't crossed the
finish line yet due to many reasons, including of course funds, and that
has since evolved into the feature film project Distance from Avalon.
But while Disregard the Vampire might never see the light of day in
the way originally intended, this here documentary, in which Messier
interviews many of his collaborators on the film who are often quite
honest and are not just sugarcoating it for Messier's sake, is a sort of
meditation about indie filmmaking in general and many of its ups and
downs, and Messier's way of doing things in particular - which he admits
is at times quite a bit chaotic ...
There are two things that
make this documentary such a winner, and these are its honesty but also
its enthusiasm for its subject matter, and the same thing can be said
about the director (and subject) of the movie, Mike Messier, as well, as
he freely talks about the many setbacks of his filmmaking career (not only
but also when working on Disregard the Vampire), including his own
shortcomings, but when he talks about his projects per se, his enthusiasm
is nothing short of palpable, and the out-of-the-box ideas he tends to
have make one wish he gets them all done one day or another!
documentary that's totally worth a watch for everybody who's into indie
movies ... and if you're not, who knows, you might have found a new hobby
after watching this.
And of course, feel free to see a
preview of the movie here: https://vimeo.com/168549270