New to DVD this week: JUST ABOUT FAMOUS
Jason Kovacsev and Matt Mamula’s look at celebrity impersonators debuted at Cleveland in 2014. It also screened at Oxford, Knoxville, and Orlando.
An expansion of an earlier short by the same name, Kovacsev and Mamula’s film explores the world of professional celebrity impersonators, from presidential portrayers of Barack Obama, George W Bush, and Bill Clinton, to performers like Elvis, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. In addition to profiling several individuals trying to eke out a living based on often tenuous resemblances to others, the film follows them to the Sunburst Convention, an annual gathering in Florida where their “talents” are provided a spotlight, with the hopes of booking additional gigs. The filmmakers bring a generally light feel to the proceedings, and somewhat admirably refrain from highlighting the desperation that’s evident in some of the performers, but the result is an unfocused and unmemorable survey that never delves deep enough to make the viewer care too much about their subjects.