Although darling Walt was the first man who came to mind for this project, instigated it, even . . . my heart belongs to Hemingway, as most of you would know.
I picked up A Moveable Feast again last night and now I am convinced, I must, I must incorporate something of his style and form in this project. A collection of anecdotes about people and places . . . I like the irony of taking notes from an expatriate while documenting the U.S.
On another note, I have realized that perhaps I should grapple with the overarching issue of perspective before I progress any further with details. A few options:
A) Should I have a narrator as a persona within the film itself, a la Ross McElwee in his personal project Bright Leaves?
Do I want to contextualize this whole journey within my own history and aspirations? This option would be the most cohesive with the Hemingway thread: a first-generation American appropriating a level of orientation from an expatriate. Again, I like irony.
B) Strive for a professional tone, and leave the film's drive entirely to the interviews of experts, a la Mondovino?
C) Create an engaging persona for narration, yet restrain it to a voice and a wit rather than a context? (Clearly I need to do more research on documentaries if I don't even have an example for this one.)