Reacting to Remember 7

 

I was lucky enough to see the last Greensboro showing of the locally-made film Remember 7 last night.

It’s a nontraditional narrative mostly made up of stylistically different vignettes, grounded in the story of a tattooed gentleman (played by writer and director Connor McLean) attempting to win a televised writing contest, with different shorts portraying the different stories he writes.

It is extremely funny. The timing and absurdity utilized by both the talented actors and the crew (properly done camerawork and editing are essential for a scene to hit the comedic mark, and that department is excellent here) makes almost every scene one that deserves to be laughed out loud at.

The humor can be crude, but it isn’t necessarily offensive. The film is too genuine and honest for that. It’s not trying to be cool – it’s trying to be itself, to the deepest possible extent it can be true to its own nature.

The very personal side of the film – the honesty of talking about a lost friend, even interrupting emotionally vulnerable moments with cruelty (there is a scene where a girl interrupts the protagonist’s explanation of the tattooed number 7 on his wrist to say everyone hates him) are striking. Moments of such authenticity are rare, and it would be difficult not to emotionally react to scenes like this.

Something McLean talked about at the showing, as well as in the film, is the desire to tell radically different stories, ones that challenge the oppressive systems that Hollywood perpetuates. Overall, that is what the film is about – storytelling, and the human spirit. The drive to do what you can, while you’re here – to keep walking ahead, to do something different, to find and create community.

It was awesome.

 

 

Connor McLean currently has an IndieGoGo campaign to finance his move to California, in order to pursue filmmaking. It will close on September 27. If you donate, I would recommend doing yourself a favor and donating on one of the levels that includes a DVD of Remember 7.

Further reading: http://triad-city-beat.com/event-film-tie-together-comedy-and-resistance/

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Reacting to Remember 7

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  1. That looks brilliant and bonkers and awesome! One of the most exciting things about the explosion of indie films since production costs slashed with affordable equipment and online distribution, is that the weird and wonderful can be made again. If you look at early Hollywood films (especially pre Code), they don’t adhere to genre or structure, and while I think that breaking genre or structure just for the sake of it is rarely successful, there are also a lot of “rules” followed for no reason other than someone with money tells filmmakers too!

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