#HOTDOCS: “GREY ROADS”
By George Kozera
It is imperative that I first note that the black and white Cinematography in GREY ROADS is beyond impressive; it is moody and atmospheric and sensual, making the sleepy town of Markdale, Ontario (not far from Toronto and home to Chapman’s Ice Cream manufacturing plant) a fascinating character on its own. Filmmaker Jesse McCracken (who edited, filmed, produced and directed this Film) takes us on his quest back home to reconnect with his estranged father and his gentle, soft-spoken grandfather. The two men differ wildly: his father is part of a motorcycle gang going by the name of Redneck Riders and the grandfather is involved in local community events. This is where GREY ROADS faltered for me as I was genuinely disinterested.
As much as we all might feel that our lives would make a fascinating movie, it is prudent to say that not everything in life is worthy of a Documentary feature film. There is no denying that Jesse McCracken is supremely talented and I anxiously hope he finds a compelling story, be it fictional or not, to highlight and share in the near future.