At festivals, you’re sometimes lucky enough to come across some very nice swag that you will use for a long time. Tonight, I opened a box of Converse shoes that I got during SXSW, from a Converse bus that was offering kicks to various festival guests. Some of you may have noticed that Converse has entered into the short filmmaking game with their Converse Gallery site. There are really great shorts on there, many of which actually played at SXSW recently.
So, anyway, I’m sitting here watching The Late Shift with my new kicks laced up. Whenever I get free sneakers, I can’t help but feel that Big Chill moment. You know which one… the sequence in which the friends wake up to a kitchen full of brand-new sneakers. They try them on, they walk around, they get comfortable. And at one point, someone says something like, “I like these shoes. I’m gonna sleep in them.” I couldn’t have said it better.