Monday, June 11, 2012

Lie Down And Die

A young filmmaker named Kyle Sanderson has made a brilliant short film based on Lie Down and Die, a short story of mine which originally appeared in McSweeney's and is included in my debut short story collection, The Great Frustration.

Sanderson's film was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival. It was also selected for CBC's Short Shots 2012, and Air Canada EnRoute Film Festival 2011. The last is probably my favorite in that it involved the above film being shown to passengers on Air Canada flights. While you watch this film about people unceremoniously getting their tickets punched, I suggest that you try to imagine you are on an airplane. Based on that, you should be able to extrapolate how apparently edgy and awesome Canada is.

Sanderson has done an incredible job adapting a story that I would have assumed was more or less unfilmable. What's more, he did it while preserving the spirit of the story and making everything look great. So crack open your in-flight cranberry juice and join me in toasting Sanderson's immense talent.