Monday 12 April 2010
Short on Fear
I would've so loved to call this post "Abbreviated Terror" but then I'd be ripping off Rue Morgue. And while I'm not above ripping off a magazine I really like and respect, simply using the word "short" allowed for that great pun.
The Tallahassee Film Festival has been running for three years. I'm told it began as a way for the city's well-to-do citizens to sponsor a much-needed cultural event and encourage tourism in the state capital. I found out about it by chance. A grueling schedule of essays and exams prevented me from attending TFF 2009, but I shelled out for the All Access pass this year and tried to make the most of my $20 investment.
Of course my primary interest was horror. I would go to any and all horror offerings. I would make it my mission in life. And then I checked the schedule: no horror. No horror?!? Well, sort-of horror. The festival's "dark shorts" programme was showing a selection of genre short films. Those plus two other shorts in the "Florida shorts" listing, and a student film, comprised the entirety of the Tallahassee Film Festival's horror programme. But if that wasn't aggravating enough, short films that were not categorized as horror were among the dark shorts, while other distinctly horror-themed shorts were shown at different times.
Anyway, I saw 9 short "horror" films totaling 137 minutes. I also saw two features: Dust, which I don't recommend, and Polytechinque, which I do. What follows is the list of short films I saw, rated on the TFF scale, which I just made up: T - meh; TF - yeah, pretty good; TFF - so glad I saw this
Death Ranch (USA)
Lucky Break (USA)
Mildred Richards (USA)
Page Turner (USA)
True Beauty This Night (USA)
Um Medico Rural (A Country Doctor) (Brazil)