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Student videos

These 11 videos by first-year graduate students at Columbia College exhibit the usual flaws of student work (overambitiousness, for one) and some of its virtues (inventiveness and emotional honesty). In Serena Moy's Triple Threat, about a dance troupe replacing an older dancer, most of the dialogue is sung, a gambit that doesn't completely work but gives the piece a certain edge. In Rikei Kubo's Sitting on the Fence a Kansas boy worries that his family will disapprove of his Japanese girlfriend; the video sometimes stumbles but ends with an effectively nasty twist that sours the whole idea of sexual love. A little boy's pet fish tells him that his mother is trying to kill him in Eric Houtz's Jonah, and the camera effectively captures the child's tenuous, sometimes frightened existence. In Knock Knock a couple arrive home to find their things gone and another couple living there; video maker Sue-Yeon Jung succeeds by keeping her story simple and leaving its paradox unresolved. But it's not easy to present the subjective experience of a panic attack (Suree Towfighnia's Alone in a Crowded Room) or the complexities of the welfare system (Angelique Westerfield's Imagine This). Also showing are videos by Colin Magill Somers, Stephen Combs, Benjamin Steger, Jason Rosenblatt, and Joe Jones.

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