At a time when we're challenged by so many things as a nation, being cynical has become a pastime, especially at the movies. Somebody always has to win. There's always a good guy and a bad guy.
Then along comes America's Heart and Soul.
This film captivates viewers in a way I've not really experienced since Baraka. Stories of simple American lives from the Vermont dairy farmer who moonlights as Dracula in a musical production to the ex-con U.S. Olympic boxer to the guy in Creed Colorado who fires luncheon meat from a cannon, to the blind mountaineer summiting Everest, this is the America to be celebrated. People speak for themselves
This isn't the divisive America in an election year. It's Louis Schwartzberg's beautiful view of America's changing seasons and light cast on individuals laughing, playing music, singing and rejoicing. This is not just a film that could win best documentary, but best cinematography and best original song - a fantastic John Mellencamp ditty.
Seeing this film is a PRIORITY this summer. Take your friends and family. Go twice. Everybody will identify with something on the screen and will likely pinpoint a few things they love.
American's Heart and Soul makes me want to take my family on the road and see as much of this nation's landscape as possible, enriching our lives with the experience of seeing the world through other people's eyes.
Give it a chance and you'll feel the same way.:fresh: