7 PM - Bygone Shorts

The Broken Blossom of the Wilted Rose - Elizabeth Gourley, 8:00, 16mm (shown on video)

"A man waits on the edge contemplating life and his lost love." A black & white parody of European art films, full of interesting trivial information.

Donkey Harvest - Allan Levasseur Brown, 11:00, Super8 (shown on video)

"A factory worker loses his job. On his return home to his family, he embarks on a surreal journey where he is confronted with an environment at odds with his social reality."

Fading Star - John Standiford, 18:22, 16mm

Sound bytes and simple black & white animation are used to tell the story of one man's cross-country journey by canoe, horseback, and train, through desert, farmland, industrial wastelands, small towns and big cities, past endless billboards and tourist attractions, accompanied by a radio that serves as narrator to the American experience. A new film from the filmmaker who brought us Plain English (MCF 2002 Best Animated Film Award).

She Sank On Hollow Bank - Clifton Childree & Nikki Rollason, 12:00, 16mm (shown on video)

"She Sank On Hollow Bank is about a washed up girl and her postmortem adventure. Her body interacts with the flotsam on the beach like a copy of dancers, synchronizing and reacting to each other."


Something Awful - Clifton Childree, 32:00, 16mm (shown on video)

"Something Awful takes place at a turn of the century harbor and is the story of a fisherman and his adventures with a Victorian woman's buttocks found in his crab trap." One of two new works from the filmmaker who made The Flew (MCF 2003 Best Feature Award).


9 PM - Danielson: A Family Movie


Danielson: A Family Movie - JL Aronson, 105:00, DV/16mm/S8 (shown on video)

Danielson: a Family Movie is a documentary about unbridled creativity vs. accessibility, Christian faith vs. popular culture, underground music vs. survival, and family vs. individuality.

The film follows Daniel Smith, an eccentric musician and visual artist, as he leads his four siblings and best friend to indie-rock stardom. Beginning in 1995 when the youngest band member was 11 years old, the Danielson Famile performs in white, vintage nurse costumes to symbolize the healing power of the Good News, a recurring subject matter. Though tepidly received by the Christian music world, the South Jersey farmland-bred clan is widely embraced by the mainstream independent music community, written about in Rolling Stone, Spin, the New York Times and elsewhere as an outsider curiosity backed up by innovative, experimental music. But as with other family acts, and particularly those that don't make much money, members of the band begin to seek out their own paths as they go through college and Daniel eventually faces the struggle to become viable as a solo act. Along the way he mentors an unknown singer-songwriter named Sufjan Stevens whose own subsequent success stands in stark contrast to the music world's uneasy reception of Danielson just a few years prior.

With production starting in 2002, at a high water mark for the band, all the drama is played out before the camera making Danielson: a Family Movie both engaging and entertaining. Collage, direct cinema, animation and memorable performances all contribute to this thoughtful and thought-provoking spectacle.

The film was made with no capital investment from the Danielson Famile, its record label or any other third party. Featured cameos from Rick Moody, Steve Albini, Daniel Johnston, David Garland and the Ottobar!

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