|Title:||Stand By for Tape Back-up|
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|09.28.15||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2015|
Day 5 started with this... which is really more of a performance art/poem piece set to a spare visual than a documentary. The director examines the loss of his grandfather using scenes from a VHS tape with shared sentimental value, using the tape to form metaphors and milestones with his life and emotions and relationship to his granddad. For example, he plays the intro to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air like 4 or 5 times, rewinding after each time, and uses words that literally describe what's on screen but in sentences that talk about his grief and loss.
Sometimes, you just stare at a paused frame of Bill Murray from Ghostbusters for five minutes. Other times you're watching a blue screen as the tape rewinds.
So... I don't really know if I'd call this a film. I mean i guess "documentary" is certainly open enough to fit this in its criteria, but it's really, like I said, more of a recorded performance art piece or extended multimedia poem. As such, it's deep and effecting, but it didn't really connect with me that deeply.
Sutherland performed live for the first screening of this, which I'm sure made it more commanding since he's there in person speaking.