For two decades, Project Involve has been Film Independent’s signature diversity incubator, fostering the careers of a wide-ranging group of filmmakers hailing from communities largely underrepresented by the Hollywood mainstream.Writer/director Grant La Hood democratically gives equal screen time amongst the ensemble cast (made up of graduating students from Toi Whakaari) and to a range of idiosyncrasies ranging from the infantile to the sex-obsessed.There seems to be a strong gut reaction against whimsy as of late! I don’t see it as a sign of weak story telling, but an alternate route through exaggerated emotional expression.Brushed off as hipster/twee fluff, the films of creatives like Wes Anderson, Jean Pierre Jeunet, and other film makers who take care to present rich, vibrant colours and emotionally open protagonists, are being unfairly targeted for a so-called lack of substance. I take pleasure from the surrealist articulations of joy, and find them to be perfect escapes from a medium filled with drab, colourless stories.For this reason, I am absolutely in love with this week’s short.
I also have to give a shout out to her cool stop-motion animation aesthetic that she has applied to her living cast.It just adds that extra layer of whimsical delight.Bad Dates peeks into a fictional evening of speed dating; those evenings where singles meet prospective partners on fast-rotation.This quick-paced short turns the idea into tragi-comedy, where, in the vital opening bouts of small-talk, a series of prospective relationships go down in flames before they've even begun.
“Speed Dating” is a short film by writer/director Meghann Artes starring Baize Buzan as Ava, a young woman who must endure a parade of weird men before finding hairy love while speed dating.The film combines live actors and elements of stop motion animation to create a unique aesthetic.