Monday, April 21, 2008

this is not a robbery

adam kurland, the director of the punks' "air it out" video is showing his new film at the tribeca film fest! check it out if you can...

In the eight decades of his life, J.L. "Red" Rountree had been known as an upstanding, straightlaced guy. He was a successful Texas businessman, a devoted husband to his wife of 50 years, and a loving father to his stepson. Though he had fallen on hard times in his later years, no one could have imagined that this frail 87-year-old would walk into a bank with an envelope marked "robbery" and demand cash. In the years after his first heist, Rountree was arrested three times and finally sentenced to a Florida prison, where he was the state's oldest inmate. In taped interviews, Rountree, who had become a media sensation, tells his story in his own words-from his childhood on a farm to his successful business making winches to the loss of his wealth in bad investments. After a series of tragedies in his personal life, Rountree says he "went crazy." Though he didn't need the money (Social Security provided enough for him to live on), he was looking for some thrills and decided to take a crack at bank robbery.

Weaving together news footage, quirky animated reenactments, and interviews with attorneys, acquaintances, and the detectives and judges associated with his case, this documentary probes how a man who had never committed a crime in his life became a serial bank robber when he could have easily been kicking back in an easy chair. This is not simply an exploration of one man's descent into a life of crime-it is an infectiously upbeat and humorous story of a man who didn't play by the rules. Rountree refused to waste his remaining years playing shuffleboard; instead he chose to sink his false teeth into life. . . albeit in a grievously illegal way.
--Genna Terranova

looks pretty good!

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