Posted by: michellemuldoon | August 25, 2014

AOF Sunday: A Day for Community

When Del Weston told me that the tenth incarnation of the Action On Film International Film Festival (AOF) had an amazing line-up of films planned, I didn’t know he meant THIS amazing. Yesterday’s program was eclectic, fascinating, and inspirational.

I saw a beautiful, touching short documentary called The Coffee Club. It’s about  the group of seniors that hang out at the Monrovia McDonald’s Restaurant. Shot lovingly in black and white, it honoured the lives and friendships of the people who seek community with each other every morning at local fast food joint.  There are stories all around us, and this is proof of that.

Suck It Up Buttercup is a powerful story about the collateral damage of drugs. The performances are gritty and raw. You can see the passion that went into making the film. It’s a testament to what independent film is all about. I’m quite sure you’ll be seeing Suck It Up Buttercup on the festival circuit for some time to come.

Lastly, I have to say, I was blown away by Flashes.  I knew from the opening credits I was in for something good, and the film didn’t disappoint. What can you say about an indie film that opens with a helicopter shot, and then goes from there. Flashes is a genre film with a strong concept and great performances from start to finish.

The morning started with the traditional Sunday AOF Breakfast, held the last two years at Rudy’s Mexican Restaurant. Rudy is one of us, a man committed to the festival. It also just happens he owns a place that makes seriously great Mexican food. The Sunday breakfast is the traditional AOF “gathering of the clan”. Building community is an active process. It doesn’t just happen on its own. The breakfast is a great reminder that we aren’t alone out there in the indie film jungle. If we choose to be a part of something bigger, we all benefit.

So proud to have these latest films be a part of our community. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store!

SIUB

 

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