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Published on May 1st, 2014 | by Drew G.



Written by: Fiona Morrow, The Tyee, May 1, 2014 LINK

At DOXA, the Kids Aren’t All Right

Film fest digs into the digital underworlds inhabited by today’s teens.


Growing up in a poverty-ridden, abusive home on Washington’s Camano Island, the Barefoot Bandit — as he came to be known — was sent to a halfway house for his serial stealing. At 15, he escaped.

What happened next is the subject of Fly, Colt, Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit, a terrific ride of a movie that combines documentary with animated dramatic reconstructions of Harris-Moore’s escapades, as he outwits the cops for a good two years.

A great escape

Notorious for breaking into stores and cleaning them out of money this, nevertheless, was no ordinary delinquent. How often do you hear of teenagers ordering airplane manuals via the internet using stolen credit card information, breaking in again to collect their order, and then teaching themselves how to fly?

Clearly a smart, resourceful kid set off on a bad path by neglect, Harris-Moore’s story took on mythic status via the Internet, as young people everywhere became obsessed by his catch-me-if-you-can chutzpah. His daring dash across the States, stealing cool cars, planes and boats made him an online phenomenon — a contemporary Tom Sawyer.

The reality, of course, was that he was still half-formed, abandoned, lonely and lost. In the end, his capture in the Bahamas was more his decision than any crack detective work.

His is a journey that will make any parent shudder, but can’t help but be seen as heroic by their offspring. Because, while online porn, social media and video games offer a certain kind of refuge, what teenager doesn’t spend time wishing they could just grow wings and fly far, far away?

I know I did.

The DOXA documentary film festival runs from May 2 to 11.


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