LOCAL SIGHTINGS 2008–COME OGLE OUR SHORTS! (and other stuff!)

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LOCAL SIGHTINGS FESTIVAL 2008:       2008      (MANY, MANY MINUTES)       W/D/STARS:      MANY, MANY SUPER-TALENTED ARTISTS  STARTS:   FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3RD 7PM–PARTY HEARTY AT 9PM!–LAST SHOW WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH AT 9PM (sigh).

Well, if there’s one thing people in the arts know how to do better than anyone else, it’s how to entertain!  So come and GORGE (and/or ogle) on all the artistic entertainment scheduled for you starting October 3rd at the 2008 LOCAL SIGHTINGS begins!   Included on the SHORTS PROGRAM are such wonderful works as:  WANTED; STUMBLE AND FALL; PETTING ZOO 1 & 2;  SKIES FALLING;  PARASOL (my personal fave); and FORTY MEN FOR THE YUKON.

ALL 2008, NATCH!

WANTED     5 MINUTES   D/+++:  LINE SEVERINSEN         ANIMATED

Lovely, stylish and fun!  Actually I feel my notes say it best:  2 Goth Viking chicks seek love, death and cigarettes.

STUMBLE AND FALL    17 MINUTES  D/+++:  NATHAN WILLIAMS         LIVE ACTION

Moving and somewhat Lynchian in tone,  again I refer to my notes:  2 bungling petty thieves try to send their nasty Fagin to jail until……..Good use of Seattle locations and actors.

PETTING ZOO 1 & 2      7 MINUTES  D+++:  STEFAN GRUBER     PSYCHEDELICALLY ANIMATED!

This really got me thinking of FANTASTIC PLANET, I think due to the existentialist story line, abstract subject matter, fluidity and unusual color palate.  (With a literal cat in the hat!) The zoo is being threatened by ?  How will the animals save themselves–or will they?  Massively coolly animated!

SKIES FALLING   12 MINUTES  D/+++:  MARLY REED       LIVE ACTION

Well-directed adaptation of RED RIDING HOOD,  set in a Catholic girl’s school–is the teacher the big, bad wolf?  A tale of perception.

PARASOL          8 MINUTES       D/+++:  WEBSTER CROWELL  LIVE ACTION & ANIMATION!

Just INSANELY imaginative, showing a mastery of melding absolutely beautiful artwork (on a very tricky surface to animate!) and live actors (which are better than dead ones, I suppose).  It starts out as a tale of 2 humans and 2 bikes finding love while dancing in the rain.  Animated on Japanese paper umbrellas!!!  Beautiful and SOOOO inventive–definitely my personal favorite!–so far!

FORTY MEN FOR THE YUKON       20 MINUTES     D/+++:  TONY MASSIL   LIVE ACTION

First we have Sarah Palin reconfirming for us the uniqueness of Alaskans, now meet Frank and Earl.  Two souls who live in a practically abandoned town in the Yukon for over 30 years.  One of whom used 38,000 bottles to build a house.  Which, in typical Alaskan fashion, could not be opened as the key got lost.  (I pity the poor filmmaker!  Though I have to ask–couldn’t they have broken a window or something?)  (Look for the gentleman who should be played by Werner Herzog if this ever is adapted for the big screen!)  Their life stories are fascinating.  (Pity about the house, though!)

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