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RESFEST 06: high res/low res

Posted by Omar / November 27, 2006

RESfinal.gifNow that RESFEST has finally closed shop, heading for Toronto next on it's big world tour, I'd like to recap some of the highs and lows of the biggest indie/DV festival around.

Highs

- Some excellent short films like Rabbit, 0.08. Silence is Golden, Game Over, Food Fight, Terminal Bar, Sometimes I feel like This, This is Me, Tyger. Check em out, they'll probably hit youtubes and ifilms in the next few months.

Lows

- A rather tepid cinq-à-sept opening coctail. One complimentary glass of cheap red wine, and a lot of milling around...and what, no nibblies? No weird interactive video installations? At least have some popcorn or something!

Highs

- Decade of ResFest screening turns out to be a marvelous reflection of the past decade of the 'dv revolution.' The beautiful motion painting by Graffiti Collective Barnstormers known as Letter to the President, still a highlight. As is the super cool animated history of cinema, Fast Film, and the amazing documentary about the Terminal Bar in New York City.

Lows

- By Design, a collection of mostly abstracts bits o' video is typically overlong, and diluted with tedious and pretentious works. Perhaps RES should consider being a touring night of Festivities, instead of a prolonged three day event...packing more punch in a couple of screenings instead of finding different ways to label strange music video type things.

Highs

- The advert from Nike written and directed by Toronto hipster cartoonist Christopher Hutsul. The tribute to the Air Force One sneaker still remained clever after a few screenings.

Lows

- The strung-together advert by MTV, highlighting vacuousness, randomness, low attention deficit disorder and all those great things we love about MTV. As an ironic ventriloquist dummy says at the end "If you don't watch MTV, fuck you." No, dummy, fuck you – and your motherfucking non-music playing channel.

Highs

- Destricted

Lows

- Destricted

Highs

- Showcasing strange, artful and obscure music videos by the likes of Money Mark, Royksopp, Granddaddy (the video for Jed's Other Poem is sheer brilliance), and Alex Gopher.

Lows

- Showcasing videos by Radiohead. Yes, they are great, but they are easy to access and gain very little from being shown on digital projection all in a row. The Beck showcase l last year was a snooze as well. What is this? The Much Music Spotlight on the big screen

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The biggest benefit of RESFEST is that it keeps aspiring filmmakers and media artists up to speed on the latest styles and high-concept ideas. I must have jotted down pages of inspired notions this weekend: including my idea for the computer who falls in love with a girl, the computer that creates the perfect girl, and the computer that learns to understand comedy through Steve Guttenberg. Now if that ain't forward thinking, I don't know what is.


Discussion

8 Comments

delray / November 27, 2006 at 06:21 pm
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while I agree about the sheer quality of the nike ad. it was still a nike ad. I felt really bad about enjoying it so much. killer beat tho.
J Mac / November 28, 2006 at 10:09 am
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Low: The Fear and Trembling shorts screening. Straight outta a CGI class full of people who read too many fantasy novels when they were teenagers, with music by people who still only listen to Nine Inch Nails. Oh, I was trembling, all right. Trembling with ... uh, irritation.
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