4.19.2015 Flexing Muscles

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Nice little ethnographic film, but then there is the last bit, that adds to the film, yes, but then doesn’t want to go where that leads. The film is over. Again without all of the information obtained outside of the film there would be big holes here.


4.19.2015 Irma

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Again a nice little portrait that feels like it could benefit from some context. The surrounding films help, but I’d like more.

4.19.2015 Pioneers

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The meat of this series of 5 sitting in the middle. It is the best, but also maybe because it’s ambitions seem bigger, the more problematic. My issue with the films is actually something I find myself struggling with and trying to transcend in my own work. I think they are missing something, the film maker to be precise. He is the key here, everything is so personal and for probably a number of reasons I don’t think he is open enough. It seems like a kind of shyness that comes with a lot of high art. A fear of over explaining, of being on the nose, of ruining something delicate, but that balance has to be made or else it will never mean nearly as much to everyone else as it does to you. He said afterwards that he felt everything was impregnated with his feelings, but I just don’t thing that is fully true. The scene in the center of the film where the director vents to camera alludes to things as if we should already be aware of what we are never allowed to see. Even the reveal in the Q&A that one scene is a reenactment of a dream of his adds so much more to the film than the arms length style. I liked all 5 films, he shows great promise, but I feel like he needs to break down these walls. The clips from his upcoming feature that he showed at the end actually felt like this might be happening.

4.19.2015 The Men

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I liked this. Simple, but it benefited from the other shorts it was shown with. I actually think none of these films would be as good on their own. It almost felt like an episodic film instead of a collection of shots.