Monday, January 16, 2006
Filming around SF
This is Lars Koehne and Kay Andersson, two German filmmakers making a documentary about the U.S. anti-war movement for Public Television in Europe. Both are really great guys, and used to filming in places like Afghanistan, Sudan and Somalia, so following me around the Bay Area while I hung signs was a relatively easy and fun assignment for them. Code Pink and the Raging Grannies will be the other subjects in the film.
The rest of the world is hungry to hear about people in this country speaking out against the war. When you think about it, very few people in the world really supported our going to war in the first place: Apart from conservatives in the U.S. and Israel, the Shiites and Kurds in Iraq, Osama Bin Laden and the Iranians, that's pretty much it. Everyone else in the world thought it was a pretty stupid idea... But we showed them though, eh?
Lars wanted some shots of me at the computer, so we filmed some in my motel room as pictured below. When I checked out, the woman at the front desk started admonishing me about filming in the rooms, (something we'd already cleared with the manager) and as much as accused us of using the room to make porn. It was a weird conversation actually... I found myself getting offended and told her so. Although I'm oftentimes mistaken as a porn star, this was the first time it had ever happened with my clothes on.
Kay shooting in room, Lars interviewing truck driver about signs.