As the Vancouver Olympics wind down and Art Threat’s coverage of the Games continues with pictures, video and writing on the happenings of those exploring ways to resist the corporate orgy with art and culture, we bring you a Friday Film Pick that celebrates a sport you’ll never find included in the Olympic roster.
Carts of Darkness is a fantastic NFB documentary by Murray Siple that follows homeless men in North Vancouver as they survive on collecting recyclables and as they thrive in their self-made sport of shopping cart racing. The men find joy in the adrenaline of reaching dangerous speeds racing down the steep slopes of the North Vans streets. From the film’s site:
In the picture-postcard community of North Vancouver, filmmaker Murray Siple follows men who have turned bottle-picking, their primary source of income, into the extreme sport of shopping cart racing. Enduring hardships from everyday life on the streets of Vancouver, this sub-culture depicts street life as much more than stereotypes portrayed in mainstream media. The films takes a deep look into the lives of the men who race carts, the adversity they face, and the appeal of cart racing despite the risk.
You can watch the film in its entirety above. Enjoy!