Gallery Shorts Block 6
Director: Raúl Navarro
Director: Steven Cohen
Members of the Resistance
Director: Pegah Ghaemi
His White Eyes
Director: Betty (Wen Wen) Jiang
One of my favorite things about Slamdance is leaving a screening not knowing how I feel about a film—feeling the lines between love and hate blur and fall away completely. His White Eyes is one of those films that’ll reach right out of the screen and splash cold water on your face. You’re awake and refreshed, sure, but damnit, now you’re all wet.
I initially felt that this film lacked set-up—lacked a simple overture to prepare the viewer—as the beginning scenes were confusing and ambiguous regarding character and plot. Once I had oriented myself I felt the desire to go back and rewatch what now made sense to me. At the same time, I feel downright dirty for suggesting any improvements to a piece so powerful. The lead, Tricia Collins, has my vote for best performance of the festival. Her emotions carried me from scene to scene and her performance alone was enough to endear me to the character of Esther. The film is unflinchingly intimate, saturated in color and feeling, and ultimately sad and sweet in equal proportion.
Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 11:00 am - Technicolor Gallery
Monday, January 25, 2010 - 6:00 pm - Technicolor Gallery