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Classic Experimental Short Film: Lullaby
Video memories and nostalgia blur together in Jennifer Reeder’s classic installation piece, Lullaby, in which personal footage of ’80s cheerleading tryouts and ballet classes is set to a heavily slowed down and distorted version of Madonna’s early hit, Lucky Star.
Short Film: The Sleuth Incident
Don’t let the fuzzy ears fool you. A cuddly teddy bear strolls through the mundanity of suburban living until he snaps in the most interesting — and completely disgusting — of ways in the disorienting short film The Sleuth Incident by Jason Kupfer.
Classic Underground Short Film: Portland
A trip to hell and back is recounted in Greta Snider’s classic underground short film, Portland. Living the ultimate punk lifestyle, a group of friends relive the disaster that was hopping the rails from California to Portland, crashing at a not-so-abandoned house and fighting to reclaim their belongings.
Short Film: Baggs: The Movie
Prepare yourself for the best ’80s movie made in the mid-aughts: Jon Clark’s Baggs: The Movie. Imagine an alternate past in which the hackey sack fad of the ’80s — like many fads of the ’80s like “hot dog” skiing, videogames and police academies– inspired a low budget exploitation feature. Two competing bag superstars duke it out in a competition to find out who’s the “baddest of the bag.”
Short Film: Tanabe
What’s it like to watch a man get beaten to death? Hopefully, not many of us will ever have to witness such a thing. But, we can experience that horror vicariously through the vivid verbal imagery painted by L.A. poet Doctor Mongo in the short film Tanabe, directed by Michael Rouse.
Classic Underground Short Film: Madball
Filmmaker Charles Pinion is most well-known for his garish video splatter movies, like Twisted Issues and We Await. However, embedded above is his one completed foray into working with celluloid, the subdued (for him) fever dream known as Madball. A naive, well-kept young man enters a nightmare world of odd, depraved creatures that make his — and maybe yours — brain bleed.
Experimental Short Film: Nothing
The beloved sitcom Seinfeld is well remembered and regarded for most episodes’ byzantine, intersecting plots; which was an innovative writing style that made it a hit while it was on the air and earned it an iconic, legendary status. However, as LJ Frezza proves in his experimental short film Nothing, the show also featured a lot of dead air where, that’s right, “nothing” — and that means absolutely nothing — happens.
Short Experimental Film: I Dream Of Driftwood
The Underground Film Journal has long had a fancy for apartment buildings with names, so Matthew Rankin’s I Dream of Driftwood scratches a most perfect itch for us. This short experimental film is a hectic tour around Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, focusing on buildings such as Morgan Manor, The Moorgate and, our favorite, Gary Manor.