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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Oh yeah - Isthmus reviews

For January's screening -

Another film not partaking in the theme (largely) was the fourth (and final) part of RASH Film's Die Traurigen Deutchen, the farcical möbius loop featuring multiple, though differing copies of a pair of Hanz, Franz, und Dieter yukking Euro-menschen. Their ordeal of replication and displacement was finally resolved with the help of an Al and Ziggy simulacrum. The funniest parts were its opening and closing. The former consisted of a spot-on parody of the opener to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, with the narration by Galadriel coming in German rather than Sindarin. The ending was a nod to the police theme, in which a title card stating -- "Oh yeah, this month's theme was police. That's OK. We still have time" -- was followed by a three second countdown and a two second snippet of Sting screeching "Roxanne." This too, brought the laughs.

And from the reivew of February -

Going to Adelaide
The show itself was hosted Williams and Justin Sprecher. They announced the group's multitude of upcoming screenings, as well as an upcoming trip to a ten-day Kabaret in Adelaide, Australia by a couple of Wis-Kino regulars.

Sprecher and Sam Lawson of RASH Films are leaving on March 4 for a thirty-odd hour flight to Adelaide, which is located in South Australia to the northwest of Melbourne. They are participating in the Kino Kabaret in the Adelaide Film Festival, which is itself part of the Adelaide Fringe festival. In fact, the first film shown Sunday (Just in my mind by Roger Bindl) anticipated their journey.

Sprecher and Lawson were invited to attend and will be hosted by that city's Kino group. They will be producing 5 films in 10 days there, in addition to acting as ambassadors for both Kino and the United States. "I'm hoping to make some good films and work with people from other Kinos," Sprecher says.

Lawson concurs. "We get to make films with a completely different group of people," he explains. "Their idea of what's funny and what's dramatic is completely different. There's no better way to get a cultural experience than when you meet people and get to know them firsthand."

"It's almost like a foreign exchange program for filmmakers," Lawson says.

There will be a special RASH screening at the Mercury Café on March 21, shortly after Lawson returns from Australia.

(Note... those quotes really make me sound cool... I don't remember being so articulate that night :)

...and two entries from RASH, the very meta Sam & Josh Go to Louisville and the mockumentary Paradaphobia, created in that city's recent Kabaret.


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