No one wants to be the guy who makes people listen to his piss-poor karaoke Like a Virgin while they’re trying sing Hank Williams classics and smack each other on the back with broken beer bottles. This of course is in direct conflict with the desire to get people to see and validate any of the random crap I’ve been spending my life generating lest it go otherwise unobserved.
With that caveat, I couldn’t decide what to bring to the November Open Screen so burned both HOCR and the new new Deconstructing Dinner . There was a massive crowd in the Coolidge lobby, unfortunately all there to see the premiere of No Country For Old Men. Overall I think CNHB’s first starring roll and the spicy lasagna went over better (AVDK’s opinion to the contrary) than the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah bit. The thing about a one minute film is if the audience doesn’t expect it to be so short and they’re trying to settle in it understand what you’re doing it can be over before it even gets started.
IMO the best film of the night was Kimberly Andrade’s (mostly) found footage montage, ‘The Wonder of Water.’ I can’t find this online but she used the opening from the film below, Normandy beach scene, slow motion/zero gravity water balloon bursting and a kicking Flaming Lips soundtrack.