A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Real Reality

Most of the programming that passes for "Reality TV" today is obviously not real at all but some kind of quasi-scripted, controlled-environment entertainment product of big studios, that is shot and cut in order to manipulate audiences. This kind of stuff is giving the word reality a bad name and unfortunately threatens to change its very meaning.

I much prefer what can be called "real reality", the kind that appears in films like CIRCO, which I just had the pleasure of seeing. Aaron Shock's first film documentary is a beautifully shot and moving story of a Mexican family's circus company that is struggling to stay afloat.

CIRCO is one of the more memorable docs I've seen in the past few years and will most likely be one of the best this year. There is a great score to accompany the film as well, provided by Calexico.
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