The Body Eclectic | Chicago Reader

The Body Eclectic

A program of recent shorts. Exercise With Chin Yung is local filmmaker Wenhwa Ts'ao's affectionate yet exasperated look at her tradition-minded father—an inventively edited mix of travel footage and captions that comes off as a plea for independence. Christine Khalafian's Mark Set Burn juxtaposes microscopic shots of skin with images of a woman waxing her leg; the spooky music hints that this is some sort of commentary on the price of beauty. Carrie Schultz's Chroma explores the phenomenon of synesthesia, which affects women more than men, but the talking heads and psychedelic images don't add up to much. In Through the Skin: A Film About Love, Lithium and Gym Teachers, Elyse Montague describes her own puberty, “when she didn't really want to grow into a female body,” but her experimental use of home-movie shots, distorted images, and jarring sound gets precious after a while. Also on the program: works by Kate Matthews, Naomi Uman, Lisa Yu, and Micaela O'Herlihy. 96 min.

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