Based around a group of photographers who aim to interact with the public through their art, we take a look at the feature documentary Keep It In The Streets from director Everett Bumstead.
We pass strangers on the streets on an almost daily basis. We know next to nothing about them. Their backgrounds, their feelings, their desires. Keep It In The Streets gives us some insight into some people who are just going about their lives and it’s absolutely interesting.
A group of photographers talk to a variety of people and get them to open up a little about what makes them them. We meet a Muslim blogger on his way to a library, a young girl who likes to bring joy to others by complimenting strangers and giving them flowers, and people who are willing to tackle the subject of racism head-on. Each person has a voice that most likely goes unheard for the majority of the time, yet Bumstead and his team have given them the opportunity to speak and drive home their opinions. It’s great to see.
To keep things from ever going stale, clips of street musicians and rapping are sometimes intercut with the footage. This is nothing new, but we have reviewed a couple of movies in the past where this directorial decision actually detrimental to the overall movie. One film even had the director rap (badly) to the camera in-between scenes, like it some sort of poor vanity project. Luckily, the music in Keep It In The Streets works very well. The imagery and the music via talented artists combine to make a treat for the eyes and ears.
Keep It In The Streets is shot fantastically well by cinematographer Sam Koopman. Whilst you can’t do much in terms of lensing a subject answering questions to the camera, Koopman exceeds in with everything else. Seeing breakdancers in slow motion, singers in beautifully lit tunnels. It all helps to make this piece look polished and precise.
Coming in at just 70 minutes in length, Keep It In The Streets doesn’t overstay its welcome and makes for an intriguing documentary from the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia.