35mm Documents
More than the Rainbow
Review by Ross Anthony

Swinging along to a smokin' swanky jazz sound track, Matt Weber's interesting street photography accents the doc, a few of his stunning gems flash on screen all too quickly. The rest of the "non-interview" footage (and most of the doc) is a collage of the filmmaker's "moving picture" footage echoing Weber's style, also intercut with stock footage from New York of the 50's 60's 70's etc. to complement Weber's affinity for nostalgia.

The doc weaves in interviews with a handful of other photographers all weighing in on the philosophical finer points of the art of capturing an image. The end result is a really quite nice eclectic swanky art doc. However, there were segments that begged trimming - most notably the designer sequences. The designer himself is fascinating, but those segments feel too heavy and slow the swank. The filmmakers space the interviews by letting nice jazz beds flow over the black and white and sepia. Again, these make for welcome bridges, but the bridges could have been edited a bit.

Cut back roughly 10 minutes, this would have been completely engaging (instead of just mostly so). In sum, pacing problems annoy an otherwise rather cool doc.

-- Books by Author/Illustrator Ross Anthony --

  • More than the Rainbow. Copyright © 2014.
  • Directed by Dan Wechsler. Featuring Matt Weber. First Run Features.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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