SCAD's Savannah Film Festival launched last night at the golden hour in our fair city. Five thousand (?) hand-folded paper planes criss-crossed Broughton Street as attendees filed into the theatre to view director Alexander Payne's film "Nebraska" starring Bruce Dern. Both men took the stage and presented with charm heart-warming messages to the SCAD and Savannah community. Upon leaving Trustee's Theater, I heard a full spectrum of street reviews, but for those not impressed, I offer this perspective.
Nebraska shows in frames Alexander Payne and cinematographer Phedon Papamichael's trillion lace-like "paintings" of the American landscape as well as a deep study and exploration of the plains and planes of the character's (especially Dern's who won best actor at Cannes) lives - and faces. If you didn't catch on to the tatting of these threads, you might have entertained yourself by reading all the signs - literally - hanging in each scene.
The film provides a great (in size and quality) portrait of storytelling, of America and of the men and women who created this lattice of individual works.