The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Mon, Apr 30, 2018 9:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 Wed, May 2, 2018 10:30 AM
CC, ASL for intro/Q&A
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, May 5, 2018 3:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 Sun, May 6, 2018 10:00 AM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:America
Performers & Performance
Television & Popular Culture
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Tommy Avallone
Producer(s):Max Paolucci
Raymond Esposito
Kevin Sisti Jr.
Derrick Kunzer
Executive Producer(s):Glen Zipper
Editor(s):Tommy Avallone
Writer(s):Tommy Avallone
Max Paolucci
Cinematography:Derrick Kunzer
Composer:John Avarese
Ryan Petrillo
Sound:John Avarese


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"Bill Murray crashed my karaoke session." "Bill Murray walked into my friend's house party and washed all the dishes." "Bill Murray photobombed our engagement pictures." Reports of the comedy icon spontaneously interacting with complete strangers in unexpected situations are legion, inspiring dozens of websites, hashtags and memes. Beyond the hilarity of the stories themselves, filmmaker Tommy Avallone is fascinated by their contrast to the enigmatic celebrity. Why would someone so famously averse to publicity create scores of moments guaranteed to be instantly and wildly public? So begins this laugh-out-loud quest to discover which "Bill Murray stories" are true and, more to the point, what's in it for the mythical man himself. An imaginative investigation turns up an inspiring lesson for everyone, whether famous or perfectly average: all we have is the fantastically strange and fleeting now. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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