Heidi and I watched a couple documentaries in the past week that you should know about. The first and most impressive and breathtaking (a word I use literally here) is called Man on Wire. It's about a 24 year old French wirewalker who in 1974 got a wire strung between the Twin Towers in New York City and walked on the wire for about 45 minutes. It's remarkable enough that he got the wire up there in the first place, which involved impersonating delivery men and newspaper reporters, making fake IDs, hiding under a blanket, and shooting an arrow from one tower to the next with fishing line attached. It's wonderfully done, and a riveting movie. Talk about dreaming an impossible dream. You can watch more clips and trailers of the movie here.
The other one is called American Teen, and it follows the story of 5 high school seniors from Warsaw, IN. As you can see by the poster, they tried to draw the Breakfast Club connection with the 5 students, with the only exception being the Judd Nelson character-- the guy in this movie is a "heartthrob" rather than a burnout. If you have no connection to teenagers (that is, you're not a parent of one, or you don't work with them), you may not be terribly interested. The thing Heidi and I took away from this was the pressure that these students are under. As I told my youth group on Sunday, it's not easy being teen. It felt somewhat forced and manipulative at times, but it was well done, and I enjoyed it. My sister and brother-in-law went to a screening in San Fran this summer and got to meet a number of the students. I can only imagine how this has changed their lives forever, though I'm shocked some of them feel comfortable appearing in public after some of the things they do in the movie.