Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Reel Affirmations "Fabulosity" Men's Short Films


Reel Affirmations, on Wed. Oct 22, aired is Men’s shorts films, in a program, called “Fabulosity”, of ten films called “Fabulosity,” at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring MD, in the large auditorium. The full anamorphic films were cropped to fit the standard size screen, rather than allowed to expand to the full potential size of the screen. Not all the films had a clear “beginning, middle and end.”

Here are the films:

(1) “Fabulosity” (USA), directed by Don Newcomb, 5 minutes. This film was shot in the smallest 4:3 ratio. An old-fashioned couple undergoes medical xray vision and sees (on rainbow colors) and unborn with “fabulosity”. The film expands into New York, with many possible adult incarnations of the baby, sometimes in disco-like poses on Christopher Street. Finally one of the men gives them grandchildren with surrogate fatherhood, and they get twins, one with and one without “fabulosity”.

(2) “Dolls” (USA), directed by Randy Casperson, 10 min. A teenage boy clings to his doll during a family yard sale (perhaps spurned by economic recession). The boy is taunted about his lack of conformity.

(3) “Romeo’s Kiss” (France), directed by Jullen Eger, 12 min. When the female lead for a college play has to go away, a boy plays the role of Juliet in rehearsal, and finds himself enamored to the lead. The very end allows him his downfall.

(4) “Something Like That” (Brazil), directed by Esmir Fiho, 15 minutes. A gay boy gets risqué in a mixed Sao Paolo club, and then finds fun with a “girl friend” romping through an empty supermarket. This film is shot in overexposed sepia.

(5) “Neurotics” (USA), directed by Nick Wauter, 14 minutes, in full anamorphic Panavision. This film was done with SAG actors (probably as a SAG Indie). The film traces the thoughts of a number of patrons at a gay bar. One likeable character stands out, trying to get an invitation (or perhaps “a recommend”). He succeeds.

(6) “Herzhaft” (Germany), directed by Martin Busker, 15 minutes. This is the most disturbing film of the set. A soccer coach has palled around with one of the teenage students, and the boy’s mother is suspicious of an inappropriate affair. The relationship may me more like father-son (as the boy does not have one). The movie is ambiguous, but it may not end well. The film has a distance resemblance to the Lifetime film “Student Seduction” (2003).

(7) “Sweat” (UK), directed by John Lochland, 15 minutes. A novice looks for real love at a bath house in the post AIDS world.

(8) “Just” (USA), directed by David Maurice Gil. Two Asian Americans, waking up in the morning, share their experiences as writers and with their own “don’t ask don’t tell” rules regarding infidelity. This film is in full anamorphic Panavision.

(9) “Mirror, Mirror” (Australia), directed by John Winter. A man looks at himself in the mirror and believes he lives with the ghost of his dead mother, a la Psycho. In full anamorphic Panavision.

(10) “The Red Dress” (USA), directed by Barney Cheng. A woman breaks into a church morgue to fulfill a friend’s last wish.

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