Monday, August 20, 2007
A new documentary feature by David J. Markey and edited by me, "The Reinactors" interweaves the disparate lives of street performers and celebrity look-a-likes on Hollywood boulevard over the span of a year. Shot cinéma vérité style with no narration, the story unfolds through the day-to-day lives and back-stories of the oft rough-hewn street characters. These self employed individuals dress as Hollywood film icons and forge a living one dollar at a time, posing for photos with tourists in front of Graumen's Chinese Theater. Some see themselves as undiscovered stars, others are just struggling to make ends meet. Most are striving to keep themselves this side of the law. These characters have dreams that seemingly intersect on the corner of the boulevard of broken dreams, and the highway to hell. Darkly hilarious, twisted, and surprisingly moving, the film has a Robert Altman-sized cast of characters right off of the silver screen. Their lives are literally right out of the movies and threaten to eclipse the wide array of Hollywood characters they portray. The Reinactors plays somewhere between Martin Bell's "Streetwise" a sublime 1980's document of street kids in Seattle, and the brilliant improvised absurdity of Christopher Guest's mockmumentary "Waiting For Guffman". Director David Markey says, "'The Reinactors' is like a great-depression era Hollywood classic retold for the new millennium... Would be stars arriving from far away places with all their dreams packed in a nap-sack. It's also a film about the cut throat nature backstage and behind the scenes of show business. A pop culture implosion, a profound statement on where we are at culturally at the moment. An "American Idol" on crack, if you will."
The Reinactors trailer
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