New Times on Dirges & Sturgeons

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Experimental Workout

Michele Laudig
New Times
Oct 10, 2002

Like a celluloid black sheep in a world of fluffy white feature films, the unsung short film tends to flirt with disaster–taking more risks, breaking more rules, and often deliberately throwing viewers off guard in ways that features rarely do. With so much to prove in five minutes rather than two hours, its brevity creates intensity, whether it’s a condensed narrative or an outlandish mélange of disjointed images.

The champion of this raw, creative art form is Astria Suparak, a New York-based film curator who’s on a tour…

One of her goals is ‘for people to expand their minds to different forms of storytelling and ways of making movies,’ she says. …’I want to inspire others to make their own work.’


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