Saturday, April 13, 2013
Connected and Not
DISCONNECT opened yesterday in seven or eight major cities. This is was happens with smaller, independent films. In Chicago, the major newspaper critics gave it 4 and 3 1/2 stars. If it catches on, like The Intouchables, the film may become a blockbuster. While I think DISCONNECT deserves a big audience, it tells a far different story than a feel good fantasy. It is immediate and real. I felt so little distance between myself and the people on the screen that their pain played out in my body, and I can't get the story out of my mind. Even if I wanted to, the reminders are everywhere. Another teenager hanged herself because of cyberbullying. Another college on lockdown. And...and...and. . .
Bill came to Chicago to show the film at a fundraiser. It was a scholarship fund at his high school in memory of his favorite teacher, who guided him into the world of literature and film. Lots of his friends (and mine) showed up. Afterwards, several of us went over to Gene and Georgetti's restaurant. Remember that place? You can't believe it's still in business, except that it is. Nostalgia night.
I didn't see anyone checking their cell, or pulling out their tablet. Lots of catching up and good conversation. Lots of connection.