Dinner With Packer Short Film

Why Watch? An adventurer, an inside joke among the media and an attention-seeker, Greg Packer has purposefully sought out large events where he can find news cameras (and where they can find him) for nearly a decade. In doing so, he’s become a kind of mascot — the most famous member of a group notable for including people specifically because they aren’t famous. The most visible Man on the Street.

With a dash of bittersweetness, this brief doc from Garret Harkawik sits down for a casual dinner with Packer in order to figure out what motivates him to seek an unusual fame. The result includes his issues with Ann Coulter and an underlying loneliness, but the project ultimately strives for the same element of humanity that Harkawik’s We Will Forget (about a famous doomsday prophet who keeps getting it wrong) achieved. Once again, the filmmaker has introduced us to an intriguing specimen and successfully proven that there’s a heart beating under the asterisk.

What Will It Cost? About 9 minutes.

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