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Monsters in the Kitchen

With the exception of Kate McCabe's somewhat interesting Das Neue Monster (2001), in color 16-millimeter, this program is devoted to creepy stuff in black and white. Well worth the price of admission is Dream Work (2001), which concludes the internationally celebrated “Cinemascope trilogy” of Austrian experimental filmmaker Peter Tscherkasy. The 35-millimeter films elaborately rework found footage, and this one, inspired by Man Ray, draws on Sidney J. Furie's 1983 shocker The Entity. Unfortunately one also has to sit through Scott McAnally's static and unpleasant video Yancy's Kitchen and Deco Dawson's Film (dzama), which is relatively pleasant but still just 22 minutes of elaborate doodling with nudes and animal costumes. (Dawson shot Super-8 footage for Guy Maddin's The Heart of the World and clearly comes from the same arch Winnepeg mentality.) Somewhere in between are Marcel de Jure's video And . . ., Mark Hejnar's film 0502, and John Standiford's unsettling 16-millimeter short Plain English, which is fairly original but also rather xenophobic in its still photographs of Japanese characters. 75 min.

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