Wallowing? Yes. I just (re?)discovered a Film Threat review of two short films I "acted" in and helped conceive a few years ago. A wonderful fellow (or "wünderfellow") named Brian Dehler put them on a DVD, which also featues the geniuses of City Council Productions and a Jon Springer film I've never seen all the way through (which apparently features the girl who sells glasses down the street from here, naked). Here's the reviews:
I Told You Not To Tell Anyone
There are many sides to comedy, including absurdity. This fake trailer for a film called “I Told You Not To Tell Anyone” wallows in absurdity. A girl cradles a banana and tells it that she’s going to draw a face on it, while other people whisper hurriedly about some secret surrounding the same girl and then we see the grandmother (Now is that a woman or another random guy in drag?) scream at her granddaughter that she shouldn’t have told anyone. Not much of a point to be made here, but the actors are clearly into the whole gag.
The Man Who Couldn’t Breathe
Directed by Chuck Olsen
What’s the proper song for a short with the above title? “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” usually does the trick. A guy sits on a chair, against a plastic background. He sits…and sits….and sits, and then has trouble breathing. Soon enough, he falls off the chair, followed by the expected “thud”. I’m sure the dude’s ok (this is cinema after all), but wouldn’t you just hate it if it happened to be someone who owes you money?
I think it's funny that "The Man Who Couldn't Breathe" gets an extra half a star (also, why would you expect a point from a 1.5 minute-long fake trailer?). We were just fucking around after breakfast one day, although Chuck did a lot of editing magic after the fact. Unseen Easter egg: Chuck and I performing a ritual dance over the engine of my 1985 Chevy Cavalier. Also, I'm pretty sure I don't owe anyone money anymore (tell Jabba).
There's still some remnants of the Koven (doesn't rhyme with "oven") to be found on the online interweb, like here. Rumour has it the Koven may reconvene for an ambitious large-scale project in the year 2006. Stay tuned! Contact me if you know how we can get ahold of a school bus for cheap or free.
Oh, funny, we're for rent locally, too. I'm a superstar, in a superstar machine, takin' it to the sta-haaaaaaars...emotion lotion. Ooh. Aaah.
What a waste it is to lose one's mind.