Cross-country filmmakers have Portland debut

Cross-country filmmakers have Portland debut

Cross-country filmmakers have Portland debut

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by David Krough

kgw.com

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 2:44 AM

Are you loving what you do with your life? And is it the same as doing what you love? And if not – why not?

That’s the question many people are asking themselves in these days of the “Great Recession,” and a new Kickstarter-funded independent film dares to address what its creators call “The issue of complacency.”

The first feature-length documentary by Crank Tank Studios, called "I'm Fine, Thanks," will have its world premiere July 7 in Portland as part of Chris Guillebeau's World Domination Summit.

The crew of five traveled the country over six weeks, interviewing more than 60 people about choices, the paths we decide to follow, and “ultimately, that moment when people realize the life they're living is NOT the one that's true to their heart - and what they decide to do about it,” according to a press release.

“Most of the five-person crew had never done movie-making before, but it was a huge dream. So instead of thinking about it, or talking about it, or wishing it might happen, they just MADE it happen.”

“I did all of the things expected of me at the expense of my dreams,” one interviewee says.

It’s a theme that’s far too prevalent in a world filled with technological wonder, speed and comfort – and a lot of people still not any happier.

It’s the story about when people doing what they think they should do – getting safe, secure jobs (where do those exist?) social respect, home ownership, new cars and shiny gadgets – decide that’s not what they WANT to do.

“How did we ever buy into that myth?” the movie asks.

The troupe reached their funding goal on June 22 as the “most backed” documentary in Kickstarter history.

You can see the trailer here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cranktank/im-fine-thanks

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