We Cause Scenes: The Story of Improv Everywhere (2013) - Hot Docs 2013
(dir. Matt Adams)
Just like every other person in the universe, I’ve always wanted to be part of an Improv Everywhere prank. I know, I know; I’m such a sheep. But it’s better than drugs, right?
I think the first one I saw on the internet was the No Pants Subway ride. It just seemed so fun and carefree and even living vicariously through it by way of my computer screen, my heart felt lighter and I felt somehow connected to all of the people who were part of it. Typing that out now sounds completely insane, I realize, but the heart of Improv Everywhere, and the backbone of We Cause Scenes, is the desire to bring people together over fun, laughter, and pure silliness.
I never knew much about Improv Everywhere, other than that they were the guys responsible for dressing up in blue shirts and khakis and confusing Best Buy patrons and commuting on the subway without pants. Director Matt Adams speaks with the founder of Improv Everywhere, Charlie Todd, and his friends/co-conspirators and we learn about what gave him the idea for Improv Everywhere, how it exploded into the world phenomenon today, and even got a peek at some very early pranks.
Aside from We Cause Scenes being a very interesting documentary about Charlie Todd and Improv Everywhere, what really got me was how incredible it is that this one guy, almost out of sheer boredom, has created a community of people who come together to do nothing more than play. And in our work-work-rush-rush driven society, that is something truly wonderful.
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