During the weekend, Hurricane Irma (which spanned at least 70,000 square miles and reached speeds of 185 mph) made landfall on the coast of Florida after ravaging areas of the Caribbean and moving on to the Bahamas and Cuba—all while relief efforts following the devastation Hurricane Harvey wreaked on Texas are still in full swing. Also over the weekend, the Andres Muschietti-directed film adaptation of Stephen King's epic novel It brought in more than $123 million, making it the biggest opening weekend in cinema history for an R-rated horror movie.
Apart from an unintentionally (I hope) tone-deaf sentence in a lauded film magazine about how Irma's threat to Florida and Georgia could cause a drop in weekend It attendance, the two subjects couldn't be more disparate. Irma and Harvey delivered real-life terror, the after-effects of which people will be dealing with for years (Katrina still seems fresh in our minds), while It provided a couple hours of well-crafted escapism. Though we'll be keeping an eye on both Irma and It, rather than add yet another take on either (OK, other than what you've just read), in this issue we did what we do best and kept it close to home.
On Page 5, Senior Staff Writer Harrison Berry looks at a new partnership between the City of Boise and Interfaith Sanctuary, which provides jobs in the city parks and recreation department for members of our homeless community.
On Page 18, Staff Writer Lex Nelson investigates how Rolling Tomato, a local food recovery service, has turned more than a ton of soon-to-be food waste into healthy meals for underserved communities in the area.
And even though he's far away, News Editor/Film Fanatic George Prentice is bringing it home. He's in Canada at the Toronto International Film Festival giving us us a sneak peek of some incredible premieres. Check out Screen/Screen News at boiseweekly.com to see what great movies are coming our way.