- Movie of the week: Bagdad Cafe, writer and director Percy Adlon
- Book of the week: August and then some, David Prete.
What they have in common: Atmosphere and inference. An absorbing story. Omissions telling more of the story than the story itself.
I’ve finally had the chance to see the film, Bold Native.
Overall, a powerful and well-told story, with compelling and believable actors. The few scenes of factory farmed animal abuse, in which they use real footage, are disturbing, but not more-so than other undercover footage. I like the pace, and the comedic bits are enjoyable and well-timed.
The only place where I feel the movie falls short is in a few scenes in the 1st half of the film or so, where the actors are describing what happens in the industrial agriculture system to other people. It seems like the filmmakers were trying to get all of this information in the film somewhere, and it wasn’t always a natural fit as the dialog seemed a little stilted. It could be, though, that because I already know this information, it stuck out to me as somewhat artificial. It may not seem this way to a person new to the information.
Update 6/13: I just watched this movie again (I rarely watch movies twice) and liked it even more the second time—loved the director’s commentary! Can’t wait to screen this movie in Bend.
The DVD also has extensive special features, which are really interesting. Some features are educational for new vegans, some spotlight animals from Animal Acres (including Jumper, the rescued piglet from the movie), and others present the making of the film and interviews with the directors, producers, and actors.
I’d definitely recommend this film for a wide adult audience: It’s available on DVD, iTunes, and coming soon to Netflix.
Synopsis: “Bold Native is a fiction feature film. Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does. The film simultaneously follows a young woman who works for an animal welfare organization fighting within the system to establish more humane treatment of farmed animals. From abolitionists to welfarists, Bold Native takes on the issue of modern animal use and exploitation from several angles within the context of a road movie adventure story.
The filmmakers’ background in documentary informed the creative approach to Bold Native. Self-financed and shot with a four person team in real-world locations, sometimes using real activists, lawyers, and formerly imprisoned animal liberators, the film weaves an intricate tale of one of the most important issues facing America and the world morally and ecologically – the impact and consequences of industrialized animal use. And with a character who faces prosecution and potential lifetime imprisonment under the recently passed Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) for property crimes currently considered terrorism, the film also illuminates the danger of corporate interests influencing the law in a post-9/11 world.”