They got those
kooks out in the woods. They got more of Meg Roberta than
they’d know what to do with, and they got her “husband,”
too. They got the KinderKids (more like vice-versa) on cookie-making
day. Plus they got Virgil, who would have been enough for
about 6 films all by himself.
were a bit suspicious when they first came here, and we
all had our guesses as to why they were here, but, really,
even they didn’t even know why they were here. All
anyone knew was that an ad firm out of Chicago had hired
them to come down here and document us for a “top
secret” campaign that they had tied to the town. I
note: As anybody who’s ever been to Irwin could tell
you, there is no way that any big company would want to
base an ad on this town unless there was something fundamentally
flawed about their motives or their brain.
assured us the filmers were “good people doing good
for Irwin.” I’ve met both of them, several times,
and I’d agree: they are good people. But…
Anyway, by the
end of the week we’d gone so far as to put a parade
on for them, and I know by the time they left they were
on no less than Cloud 11 or 12. They loved Irwin, I truly
believe they did. And I know it hurt them, too, when they
found out what that big company did with their filming.
Hell, when the companies came back to town to give us their
huge “world premiere” party in our gymnasium,
them filmers came back, too—and on their own dime—to
film again. So they got all that on tape, which must have
made it even worse.
But back to their
visit being “good for Irwin”? Well, I guess
some good did ultimately come of it. At least they had the
sense to copy all their material before they sent it on
to the ad firm. That’s what made it possible for us
and them to make this movie. This movie is the real story
of what happened to our town: how we turned something wrong
into something right. And I personally can’t wait
for America to hear it!