Film Shkul | Annoyance Theatre | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

Film Shkul

When: Thursdays. Continues through Aug. 30 2012

The concept behind Duke Harbison's short farce is the best thing about it: given seven days to conceive and shoot a "film of artistic purity," student Steve (Steven Aleck) mentally conjures four iconic European directors—Fritz Lang, Leni Riefenstahl, Lars von Trier, and Werner Herzog—for advice. A series of four clever, short videos ensues, each built on the antic counsels of the visiting auteurs. Armed with mostly real-ish quotes from the transcendentally melancholic Herzog (Harbison unfortunately leaves out my favorite, on the "flat, frightening stupidity" of chicken eyes as a metaphor for life), Ray Mees is able to sketch the most complete portrait. The other directors are thinly realized, crowding the show with too many targets for Harbison's parodic blunderbuss to effectively nail. —Keith Griffith

Price: $5-$10

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