This year we had the Pokemon GO fever, and everybody was crazy about it. Well, almost everybody. Brant Pinvidic is a father who couldn’t relate to everyone’s excitement about it, including his daughter and wife. Since he’s a filmmaker, he decided to make a film of his way to trying to understand this fever.
Why I’m Not On Pokemon GO.
Not everybody understood the Pokemon GO fever, and this brilliant dad used his skills to try to understand it. Brant Pinvidic is a filmmaker who lives in the social media era, and through movies, he exposes his thoughts and concerns about it. Back in 2015 Brant made a short film called “Why I’m Not On Facebook,” where he explored the popular media and its impact.
This time he delivers this short film where he explores this year’s phenomenon, and surprisingly for him, changes his mind about it. It really is his way back to his daughter and trying to bond with her.
Here comes the fever.
On July 2016 Pokemon GO was launched and people went nuts about it. In a short time, it had over fifty million downloads. People were practically living to play, and so was Brant’s family. His wife, his oldest son, his youngest son and his adored daughter. Since Pokemon GO was taking away his precious daughter, he decided to document his adventure trying to understand the evil game.
Brant couldn’t understand how this game was socially accepted. People walking around with their phones, trying to capture things. On top of that, there were accidents and even transgression happening. And all of that was okay just because they were using their phones? He simply didn’t get it.
Of course, Brant couldn’t simply judge people from outside the community. So, he decided to throw a party, and to his surprise, he realized some of the good things about it. He started seeing the fun in it and felt the sense of community, as well as the subculture gathering. It even had health benefits, some people had lost weight. Others found love.
Trying to have a conversation.
Brant tried talking to his daughter about her day, and couldn’t get too much information. So he tried talking about Pokemon GO, and she kept talking and talking. She even agreed to him dropping her at school next morning.
Pokemon GO: a way of bonding.
Brant discovered a way to bond with his daughter. After all the game was not evil, it just has to be played with moderation. He also discovered that his previous ways to bond with her daughter always focused on things he liked. Now daughter and father play together!