MadCat Women’s International Film Festival

This is what I’ll be doing tonight. The MadCat Women’s International Film Festival presents the works by female experimental filmmakers.

Here are the six short features I saw:

Dear Bill Gates (2006)– Dir. Sarah Christman — 16 min
A simple correspondance evolves into a poetic visual essay exploring the well-documented co-optation of our visual history and culture.

Deep Woods (2006) — Alison O’Daniel — 6 min
Part of a series, this performative video lures its male participants through the filmmaker’s enticing yet vague Web advirtisements.

Winter Return (2006) — Chelsea Walton — 1 min
A moody stop-motion peek at a city.

The Intimacy of Strangers (2005) — Eva Weber — 19 min
A cladestine film crew prowls the streets of London capturing phone conversations that thake place in public. Weber “steals” these intimate moments and explores the evershrinking gap between private and public spheres. She weaves seemingly random exchanges into a modern-day love story, from frist attraction to bitter end, creating an anonymous dance of life, love, loss, and hope.

Human Nature (2006) — Stine Gonsholt — 1:40 min
A stick figure runs, and runs, and runs….

The Carnival of the Animals (2006) — Michaela Pavlatova — 11 min
This erotic animated musical takes viewers on a sensual and abscene tour of the lives of lascivious characters looking for love anywhere they can find it.

I don’t know if you’ll ever have an opportunity to see the “Private Eyes” program, but if it comes to an area near you, you should really check it out.

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