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AIFF’13 Day 3: Sleepyheads

Saturday 6 April 2013

This morning was a struggle: we had a late night with the excellent Kings of Summer/Practice Makes Perfect block last night.

9AM: Joe Papp in Five Acts Joe Papp founded New York’s Shakespeare in the Park organization, brought free theater to New Yorkers, and oh yeah, was the original producer for shows like Hair and A Chorus Line. This film, while mostly about his life, is also an incredible view into a slice of New York City history from the 1930s through the early 1990s. A Must See for anyone interested in theater or contemporary history, and Highly Recommended for just about everyone else.

Noon: Family Shorts. This year, the festival moved the Family Shorts block to the Ashland Street Cinema, which is okay but awkward–now, mid-day, we’re getting in a car to schlep back and forth. It’s not far, but in Ashland terms, it’s like leaving the Magic Kingdom to go to EPCOT just to see “Body Wars“. Yeah, Elisabeth Shue, but that’s a big schlep.

The other thing is that some of the best animation is in this block, and it’s a toss-up as to whether is belongs here or in Animation Shorts. Girl and Fox, sure, Tuurngait, absolutely, Eyes on the Stars, I’m with that. But Dripped, an homage on the life of Jackson Pollock? I’d argue that Ernesto, a short about a kid who is (almost) losing his teeth, and Floyd the Android are much better fits for the Animation Shorts block than for this one–from the audience responses, I suspect that the humor went way, way over the heads of the tiny tots but right between the eyes of their parents.

Very good block of films; go see it if you can.

Coming up next: Short Docs. Maybe a nap before then.

Save me the aisle seat!

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