Eastern’s Electronic Media and Filmic Arts Department will be showing films that most people will never again have the chance to see. At least not for free. The 31st annual Best of the Northwest Film and Video Festival of 2004 will be shown at the R-TV building in room 101. The showing will be on May 19, at 2 p.m.
Some of the features in the films include stalker women, blow-up dolls and Claymation.
The film Afternoon Delight, directed by Thom Harp, is about a young woman who breaks into a man’s apartment. She then proceeds to take sexy Polaroids of herself covered in whipped cream. She writes cheesy love songs for him and creates a video diary confessing her love. He comes home too early, creating a punch line that is interesting but not wholly unexpected.
One of the more interesting films from the festival is Nick Peterson’s Contingent. The film follows a woman named Carmen over two years. Carmen, over time, becomes dissatisfied with her life and relationships. She seeks out different companionships. The film is based on the writings of Behaviorist B.F. Skinner. Carmen is an interesting character who is likable and relatable. Occasionally the acting appears unreal and forced, however, the message still comes through, although it is in part melodramatic. Famous director Gus Van Sant called Peterson “one of the best young filmmakers I have come across in a long time.”
The film is worth seeing if only for its visual style and music provided by the Seattle band Blue Skies for Black Hearts.
Joe Blow directed by Mark Gustafson, is a funny interpretation of Pygmalion with the use of a blow-up doll.
The film I consider the best from the festival is Notes From the Time Space Continuum, directed by Kevin Haverty. The film is about a man who wakes up and is in a world where all personal freedom has been erased. The man goes through the daily motions of work and computer-faced robots until he finally decides to seek out his own individuality. The film itself has a wonderful individualism. It examines humans as though they were robots and surrounds the lack of freedom in sex, drugs and employment.
This wonderful opportunity to see these independent films is one that cannot be missed. The films showcase how Northwest filmmakers can create their own movies that are equally good and as interesting as any Hollywood film.