Recess begins -- the schoolyard is flooded with kids! Ten-year-old Jeff reveals his prized cat's-eye marble in a bid to win the Universal Marble Championship. But just before his winning shot, Cricker, the schoolyard bully, grabs it and launches it to the other side of the playground, and Jeff must set off across the infamous "big-kid's area" to retrieve it. With danger at every turn, Jeff plays his way through various games in order to claim his marble, but will he return in time to win the game?
Director's Statement Collapse
FOR ALL THE MARBLES is a nostalgia piece. The moment when Jeff removes his marble from his bag transports the audience to a simpler time when kids were preoccupied with running, jumping, and shooting marbles rather than the fast paced world of X-Box, videogames, and video-on-demand television. I focused on the childlike fun in this story. I feel that life's 'play-time is gradually being lost. The adventures surrounding us each day are no longer recognized. We are too caught up in a fast-paced world, with deadlines, and schedules to care. However, when a
good story comes around, it has a way of influencing an audience in positive ways; MARBLES is no exception. It's my intention to remind the audience of the endless
possibilities of fun and adventure in everyday life. My choice of camera motion, lenses, pacing, and colour were made especifically to create the world from Jeff's point of view, thus placing the audience in a sympathetic role to perceive the world as Jeff does, with a sense of grandeur. A strong theme in FOR ALL THE MARBLES is surrendering to the child inside, for the biggest adventures come from the smallest moments.
About the Director(s)Collapse
KRIS BOOTH, a native of Ottawa, Canada, attended the Drama Program at Canterbury School for the Arts and the Ryerson University's Film Studies program in Toronto. While at Ryerson, Kris produced and directed several films earning him the Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award for two consecutive years. He is currently developing two features through his producton company Shoes Full of Feet: Mistletoe and The Leftover Bandit, an official project of the National Screen Institute's Features First program.