Hot Docs 2015: A Different Drummer: Celebrating Eccentrics

different_drummer A group of unique and somewhat odd individuals are profiled in A Different Drummer: Celebrating Eccentrics.  Based on a ten year study by Dr. David Weeks, Academy award winning director John Zaritsky profiles a variety of individuals, who are considered to be eccentric to everybody except themselves.  These individuals include Daniel, who gave up money and lives in caves, Darla, who likes dressing up and giving ghost tours, and Gary, who gives tours of San Francisco while dressed as a monk. A Different Drummer: Celebrating Eccentrics dives into the world of people, who society might view as weird or odd.  Most of the individuals featured in the film do not personally consider themselves to be eccentrics and are often proud of their somewhat unusual behaviours.  Throughout the film, there are quotes by Dr. David Weeks, which seems to suggest that eccentrics are better than so called “normal people.”  The film also mentions some historical eccentrics, such as all but forgotten U.S. present Martin Van Buren and pianist Glenn Gould. A Different Drummer is a pretty fun film, featuring some very interesting individuals.  Whether it be the guy running for the “Looney Party” or a lady that raises ducks, all of these eccentrics are proud of their place in the world, no matter what society might think of them.  At the end of the day, everybody is different in some way. ★ ★ ★ ★ | LIKED IT

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).