What documentary filmmaker Sean Dunne has done with his 50-minute work Florida Man is place the camera smack-dab in the middle of the dark, gritty Florida streets and capture every curious thing that happens and every strange word said by people who are equal parts crazed, hollow, and desperate.
Over the course of a 10-day road trip, Dunne and his cinematographer went around asking real people questions and filming the results. He draws us into the grimy laundromats, the dilapidated apartment rooms, and the haunted parking lots for intimate conversations with lunatic strangers.
The film isn’t trying to poke fun at the people he speaks with. In fact, it’s quite a compassionate affair. You come out of it seeing the other side of the fence, absorbing a little of the same desperation that their lives are soaked in, and maybe even feeling lucky that your own life isn’t as f**ed up as some of these guys’ lives. Although, come to think of it, that sounds way too judgmental.
Ignore me. Spend the time watching the documentary. This is what COPS is like when you take out the police officers from the reality TV show. A parade of anti-heroes and regular joes getting by.
Co.Create interview with Dunne: http://www.fastcocreate.com/3042415/florida-man-looks-into-the-burned-out-booze-soaked-soul-of-florida
Sean Dunne’s film company: http://veryapeproductions.com