If you are a classic film fan and follow the latest news about classic films, then you have probably heard of the documentary, These Amazing Shadows (2011).
If you are a classic film fan, you have probably met most of your closest friends online because die hard classic film lovers are few and far in between.
Over the past year, Hilary and I have enjoyed getting to know the directors of These Amazing Shadows: Kurt Norton and Paul Mariano. They approached us to review their film before it aired on PBS in December 2011 (which can be read here). We were so inspired by their love letter to films, we decided to invite them to present These Amazing Shadows to our university. We asked them if they were interested, they said yes, and we started the long, long process of organizing the event.
One year and hundreds of emails later, Kurt and Paul finally arrived at our campus on Monday, March 4th, 2013. It was one of the most memorable days of our university experience! They are charming, vibrant, young-at-heart gentlemen. Not a silent second passed between the four of us in the entire day we spent together. We enjoyed each others’ company over lunch and an interview we will be releasing in the near future (it may be a two-part interview!). It was a treat to be able to discuss deep topics surrounding film throughout the afternoon with these two intelligent men. They are funny, too! A quick glance at this picture will tell you how we all quickly formed a goofy bond among ourselves.
The people who attended the screening of These Amazing Shadows were enamoured with the documentary, its unique style, and of course, its subject of the love of Hollywood films and the need to preserve them. The Q&A session following the screening was lively. It was a joy to see the students clamouring to interact with Kurt and Paul after the Q&A was wrapped up. All the hard work we put into the past year in raising funds, climbing out of pitfalls, and unwrapping ourselves from red tape was worth it! Our day with Kurt and Paul scurried away far too quickly, and before we knew it, we were escorting them back to their car in the parking lot. We started off the day shaking hands as long-distance acquaintances and hugged each other goodbye as good friends.
It is incredible to experience how networking can bring people unexpectedly together. Through the shared passion for films, we had the honour and privilege of meeting two extraordinary men, sharing a day of our lives with them, and introducing a few aspects of Canadian culture to them. Maybe it isn’t so fascinating how we met Kurt and Paul. After all, you never know you will meet when you delve into the world of these amazing shadows…