I apologize for posting so many stories about John Hughes today, but like many of you, growing up a child of the 1980’s, his films meant a lot to me. And his passing has unearthed a bunch of content that I want to share with you guys. /Film friend and Totally Rad Show co-host Dan Trachtenberg forwarded this link (from Kat Arnett) to a movie trailer for an independent documentary titled Don’t You Forget About Me.
The official website for the doc gives the following one sentence logline: “In 1991, filmmaker John Hughes disappeared from Hollywood… In 2008, four filmmakers went to find him.” I don’t believe they ever got to Hughes, who has done only a handful of interviews in the last 20 years, but they did talk to many people who were involved or influenced by his films: Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Justin Henry, Gedde Watanabe, John Kapelos, Annie Potts, Kelly Lebrock, Andrew McCarthy, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Kevin Smith, Jason Retiman, Roger Ebert and many others. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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On Halloween, two gals named Mina Karimi and Kara Suhey will attempt to recreate the legendary hijacked parade from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off down to the ’80s minutiae and extras like geriatric Miss Chicago contestants and bearded bankers. Cameron and his Red Wings jersey are already a lock. Under the Tumblr and moniker, Project Bueller, they are recruiting tens of thousands of participants and would like /Film readers residing in New York or visiting for the spooky holiday to join in.
After a bit of rescheduling, the epic shindig will go down as part of the 35th Village Halloween Parade. For more info, memorize the lyrics to The Beatles’s cover of “Twist and Shout” and then give them a shout at projectbueller at gmail. Their mission statement as emailed to /Film…
This project idea came to us as a tangible extension of our longtime ideal that you should follow your bliss and do what you truly feel like doing. This means taking an active role in your own enjoyment and cultivating a creative mind, playful spirit, and performing the work you genuinely would like to do. This is why Ferris’ character is so important to us. He is the embodiment and inspiration of so many of our ideals. We see too many people stifling their desires and truly believe that the world is a whole lot of fun when we let loose a bit and dance around in the streets.
See you at the parade!!!
John Hughes could not be reached for comment. An estimated two million spectators are expected this year. Any guys who have worn out their VHS copies of Timecop pretending that a nude Mia Sara was actually a grown-up Sloane Peterson: consider this requisite community service.
Discuss: Going? What’s the best parade in film history?