`Breaking and Entering’ Offers Close-Up on Obsessive Pursuits

Breaking and Entering, a documentary by Benjamin Fingerhut, chronicles the obsessive pursuits of a variety of people seeking entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.

People have a fascination with those who take an interest to an extreme. Sometimes, that passion can change the world; other times, it can be a colossal waste of time.

About five years ago, my husband, Matt, began doing public relations for one of his clients, Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Burr Ridge.

His first assignment was to get the word out about an ex-Marine named George Hood trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records by riding on a stationary bike for days on end.

Thanks to George’s amazing physical stamina and Matt’s public-relations persistence, the effort gained worldwide notice.

Little did I know at the time that George would be a key figure in a movie about similarly obsessed individuals.

Last week, I saw the documentary, “Breaking and Entering,” by director Benjamin Fingerhut. It’s worth watching–and not because Matt shows up for about 2 seconds in the background or in the credits under ‘special thanks.’

It’s because, even though I cannot relate to their desires, and in some cases feel some of them are a little “off,” the filmmaker got me to care about these people. I was entertained, and I was moved. A nice combination.

You can also read Matt’s take on the documentary, in a recent blog post at InsideEdgePR.com.

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1 comment for “`Breaking and Entering’ Offers Close-Up on Obsessive Pursuits

  1. July 17, 2012 at 6:50 am

    That kind of passion and dedication is what I strive to capture in my life. It seems essential to achieve versus survive. The “why” in this case is the thing…seems simple…to achieve a world reord and be “famous” for a second. 🙂

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