Fly Colt Fly
Blending interviews, archival news footage, animation, and staged recreations, this documentary look at one of the biggest folk hero criminals in American history does a fine job explaining how one teenager who posed a concern to many could become an icon to others.
Filmmakers Andrew and Adam Gray look into the life and crime spree of adrenaline junkie Colton Harris-Moore, who back in 2010 went on a spree of robberies targeting island communities and vacation homes. He was so prolific and brazen that he would set up incredibly elaborate ways of evading capture, sometimes by evading entire SWAT teams that had been set up to look for him and by stealing and flying several planes (that he taught himself to fly) for fast getaways.
Regardless of what one thinks of Colton’s exploits, The Gray’s take an in-depth look at how one criminal can capture the consciousness of a region and spread out to the rest of the country and world. Looking into Colton’s past by talking to those who knew him best, the film shows how the young man’s rocky childhood and sense of boredom could turn him into the person that would show up near the top of every nightly news broadcast around the world. The film never excuses Colt’s actions, even when talking about his status as a criminal of note, but it does show a refreshingly sympathetic ear as to how someone could turn out to be one. (Andrew Parker)
Sunday, February 16th, 8:00pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox