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Exploding Cinema

Founding member Jennet Thomas curated this program of seven videos by women from London's Exploding Cinema Collective. Kobayashi Kazushi's Pellet—in which a woman plans to dispose of her boyfriend's corpse by feeding it to his pet owl—conforms to the group's penchant for “extreme” content, but this time the grotesquerie is formally redeemed by elegant swooping camera movements and slow zooms. Thomas's The Local Sky Enlarger (2002) concerns the appearance of a “scab in the sky” that causes giant objects to fall to earth, events obscurely related to the divine impregnation of a man who gives birth to a lizardlike creature. Sharony! (2000), also by Thomas, works hard at weirdness—two girls dig up a pulsating egg in their garden, which hatches into a plastic doll—but aside from a few pornographic flourishes the video plays like a paean to the love of girls for their dolls. 87 min.

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