Friday, November 13, 2009

"A Mixed Tape Testimonial" by Kirby Lewis

The Carousel runs a series of old movies throughout the year and during the 2009-2010 season, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of those films. Partly filmed in Wilmington, NC, it remains one of the most reminiscent movies of my generation's childhood.

When I came to the showing this summer, I knew I was going to enjoy it, but I was not prepared for how much the viewing was going to affect me. Showing in Theater Eight of the Carousel ('The Big One'), I had plenty of seating options; I chose the middle, 2/3 up. As people filed in, you could sense the anticipation rising. Suddenly I felt my attention shift, and I was viewing everyone in the room 20 years ago. I saw an audience of five and six-year-olds, oversized shirts swallowing them whole, the magnetic jewelry and temporary tattoos barely visible as the inner child broke free of the adult shell.

As the movie started, goose bumps washed over my skin as the years melted off. I've seen 'Ninja Turtles' so many times over so many years, but no viewing was like this. The gasping, the cheering, the laughing; these all serve as a bond. You realize how many people grew up feeling the same way you did about the same thing.

There then exists an unspoken, unacknowledged connection between strangers that goes beyond conversation. It reaches inside all of us, to the child we were and the way we saw 2 decades ago.

Thank you, Joe Scott, for making this happen.


And thank you Kirby, for writing. It takes a lot more folks than just me to make Mixed Tape happen - Rachel, Mike, Ian, Nathan, Kelly, and Chris for starters - but I am extremely flattered all the same.

Actually, your letter reminded me of a scene from the lesser sequel to Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Big Top Pee Wee, which takes place at the 4:20 minute mark below:


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