This was an unusual documentary viewing experience for me. Usually, I contact the organizer of a festival (like Hot Docs) and they politely inform me about the protocols for viewing any documentaries I may be interested in. I usually watch them in bed, all huddled up under my covers, with my English bulldog Daisy. First time all the way through no breaks. Second time it's pause and restart as I take copious notes.
For Lowdown Tracks it turns out I was already going to the event as their official photographer. The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness conference took place over three days in Montreal. (You have to admit that's pretty far from my bed in Toronto.) To top it off I was in a ballroom that had been reconfigured to a double screened theatre complete with popcorn.
During the single viewing of this documentary I was seated in a straight backed dining chair with none of the comforts of home. No blanket. No Daisy. No privacy. You may be asking why I needed privacy. Well to the delight of certain close families members I am highly emotional and I'll cry at the drop of a hat. They had a jolly good laugh at me at the local Cineplex during Big Hero 6. Just sayin' ...
Honestly, the organizers of this viewing of Lowdown Tracks should have been handing out tissues ... not pop corn.
Now, I don't want to hand out spoilers to Lowdown Tracks, other than to say, I will never again pass by a street musician without removing my headphones and giving their work an honest listen.
It does need to be mentioned that I didn't miss the irony in having to travel to Montreal to see this award winning documentary that was actually made in Toronto. Fortunately, TVO is allowing me to revisit this documentary on my terms this coming weekend. I will be in bed, all huddled up under my covers, with my English bulldog Daisy. I will most certainly have a box of tissues within arms reach.
TVO screenings schedule -
Saturday November 14 | 9:00pm
Saturday November 14 | 1:00am
Sunday November 15 | 10:00pm
Wednesday November 18 | 1:00am
Thursday November 19 | 9:00pm
Sunday November 22 | 12:00am
Lowdown Tracks will give you a whole new appreciation for many things. Among those: - street musicians, and the creature comforts of home.