‘Boyhood’ showing kicks off art museum’s fall film season

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“Boyhood” was shot over an eleven year period. The recordings started on May 2002 and ended on October 2013. The movie shows the childhood of a boy and his shady life as an adult.
'FILM' a local highlight

By Kimberly Zimmer
Contributing Writer/Spectator

September 17th marked the first Wednesday of the fall film season at the Erie Art Museum.

Every Wednesday, from the 17th of September to November 11th, the museum, hosted by filmmaker John C. Lyons, Alumni from Edinboro University, holds a gathering for anyone intrigued with the art of film.

Titled “FILM”, these movies are unlike most you will see at the theaters.

Most of them won awards at various festivals and are independent movies that will most likely never make it to the theaters.

Luckily for us, FILM makes these movies come to life one night a week with a little help from various contributing sponsors.

With a setting of abstract paintings and small rows of chairs, the artistic and quaint atmosphere of the Erie Art Museum enhances the creativity of these films as well as the people that come to support them.

Upon the five-dollar entry fee, it is also available to have food delivered to the museum. Who doesn’t like dinner and a movie?

Usually after almost every film, there is a live Skype session with the director or an actor from these films.

Questions are preferred and it is always interesting to hear their side of the masterpiece they have created for us.

This past Wednesday, the movie “Boyhood” was shown. Filmed with the same actors over a span of 12 years, this was a very intriguing concept that no filmmaker has ever done before.

Through the course of the movie, we see a naive and curious boy named Mason grow up with each experience shaping the person he will soon be.

From the rambunctious pillow fights in the car with his sister, to learning to live with his mom’s not-so-favorable new husband, and to even falling in love for the first time, this film provides the struggles of transitioning from childhood to adulthood, and the things that nobody plans for along the way.

There is commonality between the actors and the audience in this film that is not like any film before.

All of us have gone through or are still going through many of the situations in this film.

Some scenes more predictable than others, but this is a boy we can look at and see ourselves in.

Apart from the conceptual view of this film, it was extremely lengthy, almost taking away from the movie itself.

Almost three hours in length, that is more than enough time to get the meaning out of this movie.

Along with the length, the characters themselves seemed a bit disconnected from each other. This could be partly from the lack of time each cast member had with each other.

The actors did about a week of filming once a year, every year, for 12 years, making the time spent together short and sweet.

I can truthfully say the film resonated with me long after I left the Art Museum. This film makes you acknowledge that the simplest things in life are so precious.

Time is not guaranteed in this life, and we only have the moment we’re in now. We are consumed by gaining new information and little devices with bright screens. It’s time we take a second to acknowledge the people standing right in front of us.

Kimberly Zimmer is the contributing writer for The Spectator. She can be reached by ae.spectator@gmail.com