Found Film Friday: STUCK in an airport
I am proud to present the return of Found Film Friday! And what a find I have for you, thanks to Robert Wilonsky over at The Observer.
Airports are such an absorbing institution. All those people, day in and day out, traveling for business or pleasure. On vacation. To reunite with loved ones. To shake hands over a corporate deal. Hundreds upon thousands of people a day, on their way to or from somewhere important. It's people watching at its finest and most fascinating, as people are free to move about the country from city to city. But what happens in this mecca of movement when the white eyed flights turn red?
Allow photographers Joe Ayala and Larry Chen to show you. The pair became stranded overnight in DFW (an airport so massive it has its own zip code) on their way home and armed with only a camera and extreme levels of boredom, they set out into the hollow terminals to document their night. The events that ensued became the following short film.
For your viewing pleasure, I present to you your Found Film Friday for June 17th, 2011; STUCK.
As you may have guessed, in this current age of TSA, Homeland Security, and post-9/11 airport sensitivity, the film caused quite a stir with a DFW board member and a few others that claimed people should not be allowed to roam free in an airport, posing security threats. In reality though, aviation security experts have stated that the events seen in video are harmless and show no real security threats.
Ayala has said that they have spoken to one of the reps from the airport who was actually pretty cool about it. "He told us that he used to shoot films or something and he appreciated of some of the shots we did. And he showed it to the CEO of the airport and he really liked it."
The airport even released an offcial statement on the matter claiming no harm, no foul: "... at no time did the filmmakers' activities present any level of danger or threat to flight safety. And by the way, they also picked up after themselves, including the restroom."
There was no comment about whether Chen paid his bar tab or not.