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Balloonhat (2005)

 -  Documentary  -  7 July 2005 (USA)
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Balloon twister Addi Somekh sees colors and shapes coming out of your head, and brings his visions to life in the form of elaborate sculptural balloon hats. He meets a photographer, Charlie... See full summary »

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Charlie Eckert
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Balloon twister Addi Somekh sees colors and shapes coming out of your head, and brings his visions to life in the form of elaborate sculptural balloon hats. He meets a photographer, Charlie Eckert, who shares his weariness at the barrage of violent images driving the global media. When Charlie offhandedly suggests bringing the balloon hats to random people around the world, Addi agrees, and the two of them set out on a journey to create a photo art book drawn from their adventures. Laden with backpacks full of balloons and cameras, Addi, a Silicon Valley slacker and Charlie, a Queens, New Yorker, forgo life in America during the dot.com boom to prove their thesis: people everywhere need joy to survive, whether it be the Balkan States in the aftermath of war, the strife-ridden Middle East, or the forgotten jungles of the developing world. As BALLOONHAT travels through different countries, it reveals not only the travails of a grassroots art project, but also America's changing status ... Written by A.G. Vermouth

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one scene alone is the worth the price of a DVD
17 October 2005 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

There is one scene in this documentary that I will never forget, in which the main subject talks about how he had long dreamed of making balloon hats for a senior citizen's aerobics class. Then there is a cut to the actual event occurring.

Fans of international travel will enjoy the footage from various continents in which locals were encountered and balloon hats worn. Fans of drama will appreciate the struggle of the two main characters to get their book published.

The filmmaker's style is very unobtrusive. He doesn't put himself on camera or his voice on the soundtrack and lets the subjects speak for themselves.

I watched this with about 25 friends and nearly everyone, even folks who typically do not enjoy documentaries, found him or herself engaged by the film.


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