Here we are, 2011 already.
2009 seems like a long time ago already. It’s certainly a long time to obsess over experiences had at that time. But, me being me, I’ve been busily OCD-ing over the many threads of content supplied to me by my various university experiences.
At the moment, I’m working on my BA, English major with Film minor. I started taking film classes largely due to Fuddytv. It’s hard not to develop an interest in a subject while doing it with the two greatest multi-taskin’ filmmakers this side of the Atlantic.
This semester I’m taking mostly film classes, but I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about one I took in 2009, Experimental Film. Aside from Canadian Film (yeah, you know there’s going to be more on that one later) Experimental film was the most informative film class I’ve ever taken. Challenging, rewarding, and totally incredible in every way.
When the class was over, I went through the syllabus and hunted down all the videos we watched on Youtube. Most of them are there. However, the first one we watched, which absolutely amazed me, was unavailable because it was still doing the festival circuit.
Guess what was put up this past Dec. 17?
From my understanding, it was made for Slamdance’s $99 Film Festival, but has also graced the Seattle International Film Fest, and Showtime’s short film program, among a tonne of others.
Here is Mike Langan’s Dahlia
Low budget, but so much about technique. It tends to mimic stop motion while strobing, without dropping to black.
It’s pretty, brief, and creates a surprisingly beautiful view of the permanence of things like sidewalk cracks and parking meters.
Remember Michael Langan, you guys. This chap’s got chops!