It is not meant to focus on collecting "errors" (as that book actually does), but it is more a "play on words" in that some of the most famous and expensive stamps are errors and I suppose "freaks" could refer to the "strangeness" of some stamp collectors, at least some in the film
Love the last line. I believe the gentleman in the thumbnail is the owner of Colonial Stamp Co. I see him every year at Chicagopex. A very bombastic persona. He's usually about 3 booths down from Stanley Piller... between the two of them, the air turns blue from all the shouted profanity they tend to use just as part of normal conversation. Now don't get me wrong, I use the occasional, and even regular, F-bomb in conversation, but some of their utterances, and especially at the volume they are, make me wince.
As a kickstarter donor, I got a notice today to verify my shipping address so they can mail out the DVD. Hopefully this means the film should be out shortly. Really looking forward to seeing the film and how it can help the hobby.
It's premiering in December. I had a chance to see it early (as a Kickstarter backer of the film). It's entertaining. It was interesting to see how much it changed from its early trailers and concepts to the finished product, as the filmmakers changed their narrative storyline.
I finally got around to watching this documentary over the holidays and thought I'd write my review of it here. Of course, these are just my thoughts after watching the film, you may have different feelings.
First of all, I would say that it is nice to see something (anything!) produced that portrays stamp collecting in modern times, especially produced for the general public. Just about any stamp collector should enjoy watching the film.
However, having said that, there is very little there to hold the interest of the non-collector general public. I thought the general production value of the film had a lot to be desired. There was essentially no story line to carry the film through the hour (no "narrative arc" as they say). It was basically just a series of (mostly unrelated) profiles of high-end collectors and dealers. Again, like most things about stamp collecting for the public, the focus was on the very few real rarities and the large sums of money that they sell for. This gives the public (including my wife!) the unrealistic view that any stamp collection with a bunch of "old" stamps will make them a fortune when sold. My wife is now planning on funding our retirement with the sell of my 3-volume Scott International worldwide stamp collection
As I said, as a stamp collector, I enjoyed watching the film, but I think it does little to improve the image of stamp collecting or stamp collector to the general public.