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Me. And Me Now.: Experimental Films about Coming-of-Age
Program Running Time is 79 min
This program of experimental short films - equal parts funny, poignant, and troubling - poetically explores the fragility of adolescence. Roads taken and abandoned, the vulnerability of parental discord, late-night trips to Coney Island, first love, and the redemptive power of pop music become expressive signposts in the search for identity. David Gatten’s The Matter Propounded uses plaintive fragments from a 19th-century fortune-telling manual to pose a series of questions that the other films on the program attempt to answer: Miss Jesus Fries on Grill foregrounds the delicate balance between life and death, as a newspaper clipping about a freak accident is juxtaposed with the haunting image of a baby bathing, nursing, and falling asleep. Fresh from the Whitney Biennial, Luther Price returns to the WFF with Kittens Grow Up, a found footage film that intercuts a 1970s made-for-TV melodrama about alcoholism and neglect with a cuddly instructional film about kittens to devastating effect. Bobby Abate’s The Tanti Man is a stirring portrait of the filmmaker’s ambivalence about his own homosexuality, punctuated by striking footage of the boardwalk at Coney Island. Dani Leventhal’s video essay 17 New Dam Rd. locates a sense of familial bonding among lawn trash, gunplay, and mixed martial arts. And in a coda, My Tears Are Dry points to the heavens in a final, redemptive gesture, like a dream that vanishes.

Miss Jesus Fries on Grill
USA | 1973 | 12 min | 16mm
dir: Dorothy Wiley
Kittens Grow Up
USA | 2006 | 29 min | 16mm
dir: Luther Price
The Tanti Man
USA | 1999 | 14 min | HD projection
dir: Bobby Abate
17 New Dam Rd.
USA | 2012 | 9 min | HD projection
dir: Dani Leventhal
My Tears Are Dry
USA | 2009 | 3 min | 16mm
dir: Laida Lertxundi
 
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