Tromadance Shorts

Posted January 23, 2009 in

The founder of Troma Entertainment, Lloyd Kaufman, is back at it again, giving the denizens of Salt Lake, Park City, and the world another free film festival for the avant garde. In it's tenth year the festival runs from January 20th through the 23rd all over the hot bed of the film fest action in northern Utah.

I caught the opening night short block at Brewvies and had a great time watching several films. Several screening locations* are still active in Park City and Salt Lake.

I enjoyed all the films I saw and look forward to the screenings in Salt Lake City at the downtown Library today from 10 am to 6 pm. Did I already mention it's free? There we go again, then.

Dir: Dylan Thies and Danny Dikel
I thought the short stop motion animation film Fish was very well done. Not much can describe this other than a few words: fish cakes, dead trout, swimming dried fish and a blender.

Dir: Max Margulies and Naoko Masuda
4:20 is everything a stoner could desire. The film is short (:45), uncomplicated and very much to the point. There is an alarm clock, a dedicated herbalist (wearing a very unconvincing/hilarious Rasta wig) and a crappy acrylic piece. Most people this short would appeal to won't make it to the screenings but they would like it if they but remembered to see it.

Uniweria Zekt
Dir: Evan Husney
This was an amazingly intricate little piece of avant garde cinema from Director Husney. The soundtrack is very ethereal and well paced with the film. This is too long for some at 26 minutes, but die hard buffs will really like the trippy imagery and sound effects. Not much dialogue here so leave your narrative anticipation at home.

Cars III
Dir: Bobby Hacker
"Get out your fucking checkbook!" screams the man with the bad mustache as this film explodes in your face. This is a fucking hilarious movie from start to finish based on the successful Cars viral shorts (watch here). This is easily one of the funniest films I've seen out of all three festivals that I have attended. Kudos to Hacker and crew for pulling off a low-budget masterpiece with twisted and convoluted interdimensional ramblings. Run time: 27 mins.

Tromadance is a vital part of the alternative movie scene and SLUG is proud to be a sponsor. Kaufman mentioned to me that without groups like SLUG he wouldn't be able to bring true, "Reel independence" as he describes it, to the people who need it the most. Go get mystified at the current edge of indie cinema at the events listed on the Tromadance site and see some films for free. There's no better offer than that.

*Also these films will playing in Park City at the Sidecar from 11 am to 5 pm to be followed by a Troma panel discussion on Friday night. Ask at each of these events how to attend the Troma final party up at the Sidecar Friday night, if you're interested. -Jon Paxton