Another mass shooting at a movie theater

There was the horrifying mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. James Holmes, killed 12 people during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” now last night, John Russell Houser, in Lafayette, Louisiana opened fire killing two and injuring several more..

When Col. Michael D. Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police,was asked at a news conference  “Why did he come here? Why did he do that?” he responded, “We don’t know that,”  “We may not find a motive.”

As I prepare to head off to the Traverse City Film Festival, where I will be spending 16 -18 hours each day in or around theaters, I am both saddened  and frightened. There is seldom a week that passes where I’m not in a movie theater, this latest shooting was during a comedy; so clearly no showing of any film is free from the prospect of some crazy, pulling out a gun and killing a random number of people. Yes, there is something frightening about that reality. I am also a great lover of film, and of watching them on a “Big screen,” and yes, in the company of others. Comedies are funnier when you’re in a room filled with other people laughing, Horror films do not have the same power when watched at home.

My heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones, or saw friends and family injured in this senseless rampage.


I attended the opening film, which this year was the Spanish language film La Grand Family After a Michael Moore took the stage to welcome the opening to the festival’s 10th year, he offered a touching tribute to his recently deceased father, featuring a compilation of clips of his bit parts in Michael’s movies

. After introducing board members, —- who played —– came out onto the stage to introduce the film, she also returned at its conclusion to take questions. Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, directs a charming tale of a family of five brothers gathered together on the day of the youngest brother’s wedding. If 18 seems a bit young for people to get married, it’s important to understand the film opens with his surprise public proposal which took place in a classroom eight years earlier this s even is not only heartwarmingly cute, serves to provide needed background as well sets in place a critical plot line. The intertwining stories of each family member, reveals the inevitable sibling rivalries but also a few unexpected turns as the wedding ceremony is delayed by the father’s Heath all this occurs on the same day Spain is playing in the final game in the World Cup.

Searching for Sugar Man

I am heart-sick over the news that Malik Bendjelloul, the director whose documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” won an academy award last year, has killed himself. The Swedish film director was just 36 years old and left behind a grieving family that called him a man who “chased the world for stories to tell.”
“Searching for Sugar Man” won major awards from the Oscars to the writers guilds, as well as awards at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie also gave Sugar Man Rodriguez back the life in the spotlight he so richly deserves. He opened my eyes to a great talent who’s music moves me despite me being just 18 yrs old, and I have had the good fortune of being able to see him perform live twice. Once was at a concert, but the first was at the Traverse City Film Festival when he surprised the audience by performing a few songs after the showing of the film “Searching for Sugar Man.”

I also count myself lucky that I got to meet Malik Bendjelloul while working at the festival. I do not understand what drives one to kill them-self, but I saw nothing that game me any insight as to why he would have taken his own life. He was talented, personable modest and kind. His death is a great loss.

Lane J. Lubell

Searching for Sugar Man.

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