One can just watch the scenes bookending this film to be reminded of which part of the world has been responsible for the most exhilaratingly creative action cinema out there for years now.
I've been away from watching VR and 360° films since tmdb unfortunately decided to remove two-thirds of all the films I added to the archive (see here), but it's good to see the form is still alive and kicking. And Traveling While Black easily is one of the most well-made, gripping 360° docs I've seen to date. The visit to Ben's Chili Bowl, where we meet patrons and listen to their heartbreaking stories about traveling as a black person in the US, is made all the more gripping when you feel you're actually there. Great stuff.
Essential viewing for those interested in (the history of) special effects, but nevertheless a rather straightforward documentary. The most poignant part comes near the end, where directors and sfx artists influenced by Harryhausen discuss (lament?) the current state of CGI, which through overkill is in danger of removing the “special” from special effects. To quote Harryhausen himself, “you can’t have an explosion every five minutes in Greek mythology”.