|Title:||I Think We're Alone Now|
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|09.20.08||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2008|
I'd heard a lot of good things about thid doc but can't remember where. It's about two people obsessed with 80s pop singer Tiffany and it's pretty disturbing. Mostly it's sad because these people have some serious problems and it makes you realize how everybody's life is not alright in this world. But then you can't help but laugh because they're funny or the way they are causes them to be funny and that makes you feel worse for laughing. In his intro, Rodney said that we had a special guest in the audience and that he was in the movie, so I spent the entire time hoping whoever it was wasn't being too crushed by everyone's laughter. In the end it turned out to be the main stalker's friend, which was pretty great because he had a really great turn in the movie where you start off thinking he's kind of the base, the guy who has it together, and then he mentions Jeff's connections to secret society information and how his masters in History allows him to communicate with Jeff on these matters and you realize this guy is just a different kind of nut. (perhaps we all are huh? HUH!!?).
Then there's also the layer of seeing Tiffany, once a huge superstar nowing playing free beach shows and gay clubs in Vegas. So many layers of sadness on display here, yet everyone in the film refuses to give up. They've led incredibly hard lives (one has Asperger's, the other is a hermaphrodite (and not one of the passable ones that can get by on kink porn)) but that just somehow fuels their will and motivation. It's scary, sad, funny, and fascinating. Really good doc.
After that came the short films of Nacho Vigalondo. I think it's great that Tim League and Fantastic Fest work to cultivate friendships with talent and program extra events just for the talent, and it's great to see familiar faces like the brits from year two and Nacho - even if he really doesn't have anything new to show - but I have to wonder how much of the newly-increased ticket price goes to the alamo guys getting to hang out with friends for another week. Eww, enough pessimism, it's Nacho time!
His shorts were good, clearly illustrating his sense of humor and innovative technique. I actually liked his first one the most, involving throwing a "batball" at a cow as a lesson in filmmaking, but they were all enjoyable as was his intros and Q&A. FantasticFest loves Nacho so it's great to see him again. Hopefully next year he's back with a new feature.