The Mystery of the Riviera Parking Lot

Attempting to solve a local neighborhood mystery by wandering around.

  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Experiential, Micro-doc
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 3, 2019
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Director Biography - Robert David Duncan

My core training in acting is from the Stella Adler Studio in New York. I love acting and filmmaking and Vancouver where I now live is a beautiful place to make films. I am interested in the dramas, delights, passions and heartbreaks that take place in everyday interactions (or lack thereof) between ordinary people. Most of my films have dealt with human-scale issues such as tough choices, love, dreams, hope and finding meaning and fun in life. I love an underdog story! My motto is don't let anything get in the way of telling a story that might uplift someone - film it with your smartphone if that's what you have, but get it done and share it with the world.

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Director Statement

There's this weird-looking parking lot in my neighborhood that has one corner that is around 2 metres (6 feet) higher than the rest of it. It's a small thing, but something I and, no doubt, thousands of people have wondered at as we go past. It looks goofy. I decided to attempt what I thought of as an experiential micro documentary in which I would take my iPhone rig and a lav mic and just wander around, trying to get to the bottom of the mystery. I think of it as being experiential in the sense that I had no thesis or preconceived notion as to what I would find out, and hence, no agenda. It was fun, if (SPOILER ALERT) a bit inconclusive. I think it is great just to try things like this on a whim. I hope you enjoy it.