By all accounts, the Sunday, May 13 screening of short films created for the spring Kabaret at Wis-Kino was an entertaining one, all nine completed entries convincingly incorporating the required theme of "complicated."
This rather abstract element was announced the previous Friday at the kick-off screening to the biannual festival organized by the local group dedicated to short films. A two-day frenzy of filmmaking followed, capped by the second screening at the Orpheum Stage Door theater.
I was unfortunately unable to attend the screening.
Thankfully, though, Kabaret participants John Feith and Angela Richardson were on hand, and provided The Daily Page a list and brief descriptions of the nine entries completed over the previous two days. Many of these shorts, moreover, are now available for viewing online.
These nine short films created for the 2007 spring Kabaret at Wis-Kino -- each riffing on the idea of "complicated" in one way or another -- follows below:
- Real by Tona Williams
This reflective short features a conversation between two characters, Feith notes, who are portrayed through a face-blending sequence of multiple actors.
- Waxwing by John Feith
Inspired by a poem in Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire, music video focuses upon cedar waxwings eating the flowers of a crabapple tree in the UW Arboretum. This serves as the backdrop to "running commentary by a deranged person," explains Feith, who also performed the music for it. "This commentator thinks that this video is brilliant," he quips in conclusion. The short follows: