2017 Programs

Brief Summary

Drink, my Fantastic Fiends, and descend into a reverie of eccentricity as this sidebar careens you from accomplished art-house experiments into the deranged but wonderful psyche of visionary outsiders that evoke the likes of David Lynch, Guy Maddin and Harmony Korine. 'Magical fruits' (the more you eat, the more you toot) are celebrated with amusingly verbose monologues, pioneers are eulogized through an extraordinary phantasmagoria of abstract special effects, and cats are both fetishized and exploited to provocative and disturbing effects. It's a program that contrasts Cannes selections against an Astron-6 member's nightmarish collision of THE SIMPSONS and TRASH HUMPERS. These are mutant bipedal shorts after all. These are filmmakers who have gone so far out on a limb they're teetering on the edge of the gosh-darn solar system. These are SHORTS WITH LEGS!

Films in this program:

  • beans.
    An acerbic narrator reflects nostalgically on the profound pleasure that was afforded to him upon once being offered a free bowl of beans.
  • THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT
    Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to his benefactor in Matthew Rankin's mesmerizing live-action/animated hybrid that paints with light itself to conjure its indelible abstract visuals.
  • THE CURE
    A surreal sci-fi soap opera that collides the idiosyncratic private lives of both humans and aliens in a parade of hypnotic slow-zooms and kitschy feline totems.
  • THE VIEW FROM HERE
    A delirious puppet-theatre libretto that depicts two lovers nostalgically yearning for the good-old-primordial-soup days of yore.
  • HOMER_A
    Conor Sweeney of ASTRON-6 and FF alumni Milos Mitrovic smash the characters of THE SIMPSONS with the aesthetics of TRASH HUMPERS, and the results both haunt and disturb. Ay, caramba.
  • MÖBIUS
    A hallucinogenic dive into the consciousness of a teenage poet in the wake of her lover's mysterious death. Exquisitely photographed and seemingly assembled in a Lynchian dreamstate.
  • CALL OF CUTENESS
    A parade of cat meme tributes mutate into a disturbing animated critique of how these sublime objects of cuteness belie a more sinister cycle of exploitation and control.
  • THE VETTING
    A twitchy and hysterically garish political satire in which a US senator is vetted for a Presidential nomination by a 6,000 year old telepath that secretly rules the Earth.
  • THE ALIENS
    A punk ruminates on the consequences of an alien invasion during some katana practice in the park.
  • LA TRISTESSE DURERA TOUJOURS
    Vinny De Ghoulie returns to Shorts With Legs with what may very well be his 8 ½. This is a maddening deconstruction of his own process culled from the remnants of a feature film he mounted, but failed to to realize. As amusingly bemusing as it is devastating.