Bill Stone, and certainly those of the fellow building the title subject in TRIUMPH OF THE WALL. That's a very clever title, by the way, as it plays on an earlier and maybe a tad more famous documentary of almost the same name (if you switched that "A" for an "I"). Truthfully, though, it is difficult to say what the expectations of that builder, a newly-minted stonemason named Chris Overing, actually are, as Mr. Overing, shown below -- a very cute and hirsute young man with absolutely great legs -- keeps everything personal about himself, his supposed "client" (for whom he is building said wall) and the great estate upon which he may live and clearly does work (for money, or is he family, or does he take it out in trade?). Who knows? This guy keeps it all very close to the vest.
Ozymandius.) Still, the whole project offers something to do (and to film), and from what we see of the wall (a few photos below), in close-up and in long shot as it grows in length, it is indeed a thing of beauty.
Julie Andrews and The Sound of Music.) Will the wall ever be finished? Good question, and one that the filmmaker clearly has been pondering.
Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac and their friends from those On the Road days. And Overing, above and below, certainly possesses some of the same charisma of Cassady. (Instead of "On the Road" you might call this one, "On the Build.") And every generation, after all, has its seekers; there may simply be more of them around these days, what with so little paying work available. (At one point, with the film's nod to the importance of plain old "work," Uncle Vanya came immediately to my mind.)
Bunbury Films and distributed by First Run Features, opens this Friday, May 31, in New York City at the Quad Cinema and the following week, June 3, at the Knickerbocker Cinema in Holland, Michigan. Those are the only playdates currently scheduled, but surely a DVD release is eventually planned.