I usually plan my festival films ahead of time but I always leave room for the possibilities of wonderful discoveries. Well, director Mike McKeown‘s “Rock Paper Scissors” (RPS) is a great documentary that I discovered and had a good time watching. I expected a fun to watch documentary (how can a film about RPS be *not* fun?), and the film delivered. What I had not expected was the insights into the different characters appearing in the film, especially the Walker brothers (Douglas & Graham) – founders of the World RPS Society.
On the surface, it may be easy to just laugh at the idea of even having a World RPS Society! But if you look closer at the passion and energy that Doug and Graham bring into the game of RPS and the various events, and most importantly the fun that the game brings to all players, then you can appreciate why I have a big smile on my face after I watched the film. I am laughing and smiling *with* Doug and Graham. I highly recommend this film if you get a chance to watch it or buy a copy of the DVD.
By the way, before the film starts, the MCs (the wonderful CityTV hosts Dave Kelly and Tara McCool) treated the audiences to a massive game of Rock Paper Scissors where every audiences played against Tara in a group format. The following video capturing the last moments of this massive game (sorry for the rather dark images but I am pretty sure you can still feel the energy and fun),
Oct 2nd Update: “Rock Paper Scissors” has been awarded the 2007 Calgary International Film Festival People’s Choice Award.