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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.

Short Experimental Film: Light Is Calling

Film is dead. So, what better way to give it a proper send off than to watch Bill Morrison’s haunting Light Is Calling, in which the filmmaker manipulates and elevates the 1926 silent film The Bells into a dreamlike meditation on random romantic encounters.

Short Film: A Movie By Jen Proctor

There aren’t many remakes in the underground film world. Remixes, cut-ups, homages: Sure! However, filmmaker Jen Proctor boldly has gone ahead and remade Bruce Connor’s seminal 1958 collage film A Movie by updating it for the modern world with selections pulled from online digital video sources for A Movie By Jen Proctor.

Short Film: Beef Barley Brothers

Charity begins — and probably should end — at home. A well-meaning yuppie buys lunch for a homeless fellow in Luke Black’s charmingly comedic short film Beef Barley Brothers, but as do-gooder Steve starts immediately patting himself on the back for his charitable heart, his mealtime companion has other ideas — and none of them sane.

Experimental Film: Memento Mori

When the time comes for your life to flash before your eyes, the experience might look surprisingly similar to Dan Browne’s epic cacophony of sounds and images, memento mori. The film begins with a few flashes of easily distinguishable pictures — home snapshots, landscape photos, arty urban shots — but then rapidly evolves into a searing melange of images layered upon each other and edited at a frighteningly fast pace.

Short Film: The Retirement of Joe Corduroy

Some retirees take up golf. But, in Mike P. Nelson’s gritty thriller The Retirement of Joe Corduroy, a mild-mannered dentist gets a new lease on life when he trades in the Novocaine for some double-barreled, ass-kicking revenge after his nephew is brutally attacked by thugs.