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Thursday, July 5, 2012

DVD - Following Sean

Ralph Arlyck is a filmmaker who made an award winning short about a young San Francisco boy named Sean, who was growing up in the very center of the SF 60's revolution, with parents who were heavily into that scene. This original film was shot when Sean was only four years old, and he was already talking about all of the transient people staying in the apartment his family lived in, pot smoking, and things you would expect to come out of the mouth of a teenager, but not a child who hasn't even been alive for a decade. Following Sean combines this original piece with modern footage of Ralph tracking Sean down and chronicling his life as an adult over the course of several years. I didn't think I would like this, at first, but it turned out to be a really amazing documentary that really does a great job at observing its subject, not just for a few weeks or months, but over the course of years. We see Sean, who most people assumed would be doomed to a life of drug addiction and homelessness, when they saw his state as a child, become a responsible adult, develop job skills, and find love.

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