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Fast and Reliable
Director: Tom Soper
Producer: Tom Soper and Sean Morrison
Winner of the Against the Odds Award
ABOUT THE FILM
More About Fast and Reliable from Director, Tom Soper
I was a bike messenger when I first moved to New York. Itâ€™s a tough job, not well paid but addictive because of the freedom it gives a person to roam the city as a member of a loose collective of fiercely independent characters, each with their own tall stories to tell. Dexter Benjaminâ€™s story is one of the most amazing. He is, in fact, an urban legend.
Shooting Dexter cycling the streets of New York wasnâ€™t easy, of course, especially with a bulky Sony High Definition camera. When we followed him in a car, heâ€™d get ahead of us in the traffic. When we tried to keep up on bicycles of our own, it was exhausting. If weâ€™d wait at an intersection for him to go past, weâ€™d get a couple of seconds and he was gone. Interviewing him back at the office was altogether easier. Dexter was frank and expansive about his life, and his colleagues, co-workers and friends were welcoming and allowed us to hang around endlessly as they went about the essential task of making a living. We thank them all. When all is said and done, this short film amounts to little more than a portrait of one man, but our hope is that it is an inspiration to many. Our thanks also to MediaRights for taking our film into their festival, weâ€™re hugely proud to be a part of such a worthwhile venture.
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