Downtown Mall : The Southern
Reconquest of the Useless2015. USA. 79 min.
Director: Sam Pressman Featuring: Harley Adams, Sam Pressman, Luke Wigren
In Werner Herzog’s 1982 adventure film, Fitzcarraldo, the eccentric explorer Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald has the crazy idea of hauling an old steamboat over a mountain in the Amazon jungle. Thirty years later, young filmmakers Sam, Harley, and Luke set off to the Peruvian jungle on the trail of Herzog’s classic to find if some traces of the film still lingered there, and whether the rigors of traveling off the beaten path would steer them deeper into the film. Beyond the showplace of famous scenes or encounters with former Herzog employees, the crew gained unexpected experiences of a vibrant country’s people, dances, and music. Discussion with filmmakers Sam Pressman, Luke Wigren, and Harley Adams and moderator Joe Fab