DIRECTOR: Bruce Schwartz
WRITERS: Bruce Schwartz
STARRING: George Crane, Barry Tagrin, Bruce Schwartz
GENRE: Biography, Documentary
COUNTRY: United States
This hour-long documentary film offers an in-depth portrait of two notable artists – George Crane, a writer of memoirs, and Barry Tagrin, a poet. Both men have been living abroad for decades on the island of Paros, Greece. This film poses a question: are these two men renegades or mavericks? Are they hiding out in Greece or thriving being in such an environment? How does this compare to the American writers of the 1920’s who went to Paris to live and write?
George Crane escaped America in the late 1960’s as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War while Barry Tagrin’s nomadic life led him through Europe looking for adventure and danger. Fading hippies in their early 70’s, they’ve barely escaped death – Tagrin while running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; Crane while almost being assassinated in a moving vehicle in Morocco. During our filmic journey we hear about their rough childhoods, their liaisons with women, their thoughts on the nature of art and writing, and why they chose to live abroad.