Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Giacconi & Pennuti & Fabbri)
Does different things with colored stage lights, including flashing fullscreen in a mesmeric flicker, story of a musician’s vision loss added at the end to explain the visual scheme.
Secret Screening Short 1
Passing strangely through space and process, works popping into empty spaces, contextual history at the end.
The Sea, The Stars, A Landscape (Alison O’Daniel)
L.A. smog, small groups around the hideous city. Mostly I was engaged by wondering how this short work ties into the filmmaker’s larger project about tuba theft.
Lost Three Make One Found (Atsushi Kuwayama)
Quirky guy drives through Portugal looking for a mythical fountain that can bring peace after a breakup. Funny movie, good translation humor in the subtitles. They interview a hitchhiker about his own life and outlook, then play the interview back for him the next day while filming his reaction – this turns out to have been a genius idea, one of the best scenes of the fest.