Last year during the Sarasota Film Festival I was able to screen the lesser known of two documentaries with The Villages as the main subject that came out in 2021, “The Bubble” from Austrian documentary filmmaker Valerie Blankenbyl.
Here’s the trailer:
You can read my review here. (Spoiler alert: I liked it.)
Still no word on a full U.S. or even streaming release date so I’m not sure when you’ll be able to watch it, but “The Bubble” was screened recently at the Sydney (Australia) Antenna Film Festival, so it’s getting a lot of buzz right now.
In fact, several articles came out overseas this week about The Villages in what I consider tabloids, each with salacious headlines and one or more misconceptions or misstatements about the community.
I won’t bore you with all of them (in fact I think most of them just sort of copied the other and spun/mixed the content around a bit), but here’s just one example:
- ‘Sinister truth’ behind The Villages (The Sun)
So don’t be surprised if you meet someone from down under who thinks you’re crazy for living (or wanting to live) in The Villages. But if American newspapers can’t get their facts and stories about The Villages straight, how can we expect foreign tabloids to do any better?
Here’s what else I’m reading and watching this week:
Speaking of getting things right, I guess no one should be expected to do it every time:
New restaurant alert:
- Back Porch Restaurant set to open at Mulberry (The Villages Daily Sun)
In both of my books I mention roofing company scams being one of the big reasons homeowner’s insurance has gotten so expensive and/or hard to get here in FL. So kudos to this homeowner:
- Villager apparently turned tables on roofing company that filed lien against his home (Villages-News)
I’m kind of surprised this took so long:
- Town square car shows back with a bang (The Villages Daily Sun)
That’s all for this week. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!