FLASHBACK FRIDAY 01 - “PAPA NEMO AND NOMAR”
I took this behind-the-scenes polaroid of my dad and best friend Nick as I was shooting one of my student films back in college. The film was called “Nomar No. 3” and here is my best attempt at a coherent synopsis…
1. Nomar is the son of Papa Nemo and Nora.
2. Papa Nemo has the amazing ability to jump off a diving board and catch a beach ball before he lands in the water. Because of this amazing ability he is a bit of a legend in the local community.
3. One day, after years of never dropping a beach ball, Papa Nemo misses. Full of shame he decides to sink to the bottom of the pool and drown rather than resurface for air.
4. Nora, Nomar’s mom (played by my mom, obviously) immediately demands that Nomar take over where his father had left off. Unfortunately Nomar is afraid of swimming, much less jumping off high dives and catching beach balls.
5. Now this is where it starts to gets weird. For some reason Nomar’s fear of swimming has to do with a party that took place in his backyard some years earlier. Nomar’s parents had invited Bruce (Nomar’s best friend) and Life Guard Geoff (Nomar’s nemesis) over to celebrate something (I can’t recall what), and during the course of the party they hoist a children’s kitchen playset up into the air via a tree and start beating it like a pinata with a whiffle ball bat. Suddenly the playset erupts and fried chicken comes flying out and everyone starts crawling around on the ground devouring the chicken. Somehow this incident led to Nomar not ever being able to swim. Go with it.
6. Nora starts drinking dangerous amounts of cough syrup because Nomar refuses to take over where his father had left off.
7. Nomar’s best friend Bruce helps Nomar train to be a beach-ball-catching champion just as his father had been. His methods involve a “tight” moped and a mannequin with a mustache.
This all leads up to some sort of epic conclusion involving Nomar and Bruce getting sent to the “Time Out” bench by Life Guard Geoff. I shot the whole damn movie on 16mm film and I remember at one point being in the middle of a swimming pool treading water while shooting with a heavy Bolex camera. To this day I still can’t believe that I didn’t drop that camera below the water, my arm was literally like jello after about a minute of shooting.
Anyway, I’d say that’s a pretty good inaugural “Flashback Friday” post. Maybe one day I’ll post the film here…