Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Family Rooted to the Fuller Brush Co.

Is there anything these days more retro than the idea of a door-to-door salesman? With taking over the world and pulling the leases out from under shopping malls across North America, it seems almost quaint to think this profession was once a manner in which folks routinely browsed consumer goods. Not to mention a means that could provide a livelihood for a husband, wife and their family of eight boys.

Set to premiere August 5th in New Bedford, Connecticut, It's the Fuller Brush Man is Craig Barboza's loving tribute to his father Anthony, who passed away in 2016 at age 96. Barboza plans to hit the film festival trail with his 46-minute portrait, whittled down from 20 hours of interview footage, and is currently waiting to hear where the movie has been accepted.

From an interview piece in The Standard Times by Sean McCarthy:

The filming sessions took place between 1995 and 2004, some of it while Barboza was a student at New York University pursuing a BFA degree in film. Today, Craig (who has also published work as Craigh Barboza) works at NYU in the Career Services Department of the Carter Journalism Institute and he teaches a course at the school.

Barboza is the eighth of those aforementioned eight boys. All but one also worked as Fuller Brush salesmen along the way.

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