Mr. Movie

'Fight From Death' filmmaker visits CBC this Wednesday

I love documentaries.

For one thing, fact is much more unpredictable than fiction.

For another, the lack of a happy Hollywood ending in most lends much food for thought.

And to the third reason, I love documentaries. Even if you don’t agree with the conclusions of the filmmaker or makers, a good documentary makes you think.

Some of the most interesting interviews I have done in my career have been with documentarians. The first one was a few years ago when I had the opportunity to talk with Jean Bach, who did a movie about a photograph taken on the steps of a building in Harlem in 1958. Most of the world’s greatest jazz musicians were there and her movie was called A Great Day in Harlem.

The last interview was two weeks ago when I spent part of an afternoon with Roy Disney and the producers of a new sailing film titled Morning Light. Look for that one here in the next couple of weeks.

The point being people who do documentaries are fascinating, and I never miss a chance to talk with them.

Until now.

Matt Mathesius of Columbia Basin College in Pasco sent me an email a couple of weeks ago telling me about a special event at CBC this Wednesday night.

Writer/producer Greg Bennick who did a documentary Flight from Death is going to make an appearance at CBC along with his film. Bennick’s film studies the work of anthropologist Ernest Becker who contends the human race suffers from death anxiety and it is at the base of our behavior, specifically aggression and violence.

The theory is certainly fascinating. Admission is free -- who can resist that? -- and after the film Bennick will discuss the documentary and answer questions. What’s not to like?

I have a screening of the new James Bond film this week and Clint Eastwood’s The Changling and cannot get away. But you can.

Mathesius tells me getting a documentary writer/producer or director is going to be an annual event. I promise I’ll make it next year.

Meanwhile, would those who attend write and let me know what you thought and what I missed.