Monday, July 31, 2006

Shoes on the Road - The Blurb

The film's new blurb reads as follows:

The award winning 1979 fictional documentary, "Shoes on the Road", foreshadows the 1980's and 90's films of Martin Di Bergi ("This is Spinal Tap") and Christopher Guest ("Waiting for Guffman", "Best of Show"), and delves into one of the most intriguing questions of our day, "why do we find shoes on the road"?

Architect and Lubbock native David Cagle, assisted ably by a talented cast and crew including Kerry Campbell and Robert Ballew, create a classic tale - man's quest for knowledge and understanding of unusual shoe phenomena. Interviewing such experts as Dr. P.F. Flyer, Odette Sorrell, Stanley Marsh 3, and Dr. Teodore Sturm, Cagle reveals influences from Truman Bradley, Wilhelm Reich, and the Brittany Restaurants. The movie serves as a film school "must see" and is included in cinema cirricula in trade schools and technical institutes throughout the South, the upper Midwest, and portions of northern France.

"We really had no idea this film would resonate with audiences the way it has," muses writer/director Cagle, "we were really just trying to pass our electives in Mass Comm in order to graduate from school." Easily winning both the coveted audience award and the grand jury prize at the annual Texas Tech film festival in 1979, the film continued to gain momentum. Picked up in 1998 by producer Drew Mayer-Oakes, (he credits his enduring love of film to his first "Shoes on the Road" screening), the film was digitally transferred in state of the art facilities, and flawlessly restored to its original black and white, grainy, monophonic condition. Eschewing the late 90's trend of colorizing and the re-cutting of classic films to make more sense, Cagle and his collaborators have left us with an extremely viewable and infinitely memorable film, "Shoes on the Road".


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