I originally watched Get Lamp, Jason Scott’s documentary about IF, in Boston at PAX East in March. It was raw, but I had trouble with the lack of attention on the existing community and nature of IF.
Then I got my free copy from Jason and watched that…and although it was no longer raw, it still lacked a great deal where the current IF scene is concerned.
Last night Jason did a screening at google Chicago with the Chicago IF Group and something strange happened. It was great. I could swear that I’d never seen any of the film that dealt with the community, the tools, the competition. Did I somehow miss this on the DVD? Did I lose a chapter? Did Jason show a different version last night?
I have no answers.
But the movie, as I saw it last night, appeases all of the concerns I had in earlier viewings. Well, I wish the Berlyn comment was balanced somehow, but it’s such a powerful moment that I can’t see leaving it out. It is what it is.
But the movie, as I saw it last night, was great.