The Original Film
Well they say the best laid plans… you know the rest. I’ve come to realize I will plan like crazy and reside to the fact that nothing will go as planned. But that’s ok. If things went as I planned them they wouldn’t turn out half as good. Except in this case. The case being I originally wanted to revolve the entire film around James. But when filming a documentary you learn to be a little more fluid. New things come up and old one’s change. Such was the case when I added other people to the film like Ellie at RE Load bags, and Kurt Boone and his poetry. So the film morphed into a wider vignette of messenger life and attitude. Which I am very happy with the end result. All that said, at a test screening I had more than one person say, “You could make an entire film on the crazy Jame’s guy!” I just smile and say, don’t I know it.
One thing that comes through in the movie is James loves bikes. But at times I think pinball is a close second. I think half the time in Portland was spent riding bikes, the other half popping quarters into the pinball machines at Ground Kontrol Arcade in Portland, Oregon.
But one needs money to play pinball. And one needs to work to get money. On my first trip to Portland James had just come off a terrible bike wreck that broke his elbow. He was off the bike for a few weeks prior to me arriving. My first day to film was his first day back on the bike. In this photo you will see him rubbing his elbow which he could barely straighten. But what are you going to do? The job has no paid time off and no health benefits. And a guy’s gotta play pinball.
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