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Around the Coyote Curators' Choice: Filmmaking Families

Collaborations between parents and children make up the first program of the Wicker Park art festival's film and video component. Kasumi's excellent experimental piece Jimmy oscillates between colorful abstracts painted on exposed celluloid and black-and-white footage of the title crew-cut boy running away in fear. (“Jimmy is emotionally sick,” declares a voice-over. “His terror of others cannot be dismissed as mere shyness.”) On the urgent hip-hop track, voices repeat phrases like “terribly wrong” and “just doesn't work,” and a female figure demands, “Who's gonna save me?” In Joe & Julia by Kasumi's son, Kitao Sakurai, a young woman wakes alone to a bout of morning sickness and knots with fear when she realizes she's pregnant; meanwhile her lover works out, gets high, and collides with the phone call that will change his life. Bill Glader collaborated with his preteen son Max on The Making of Paws 4 Ever, one of a series of comic videos featuring their family, friends, and dog Akasha. A rock-stale Hollywood parody, it mixes elements of All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard with jokes about dogs eating cat feces and drinking out of toilets. I found it cloying, but if little Max is going to be shooting something of his father's, better a camera than a gun. 35 min.

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