Blink of an Eye

Perhaps ADD has finally overrun the country, after years of dire predictions. Or maybe the near-universal arrival of broadband, catapulting YouTube into the leading cause of office time-wasting, deserves the credit. Whatever the root cause, short-form film and video has never been more popular. Popular, hell; addictive is more like it. The bug has spread to the offline (read real) world, where a number of shorts programs are staples on the film calendar. The 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival Touring Program, selected by the country’s most prestigious annual shindig of shorts, represents the crème de la crème of the last year’s output. The two synapse-jolting shows bristle with mind-blowing technique and self-lacerating humor, achieving a perfect storm of art and entertainment value. Yes, a few of the pieces have previously played Bay Area venues, like former local filmmaker Daniel Robin’s My Olympic Summer and current local fave Adam Keker’s On the Assassination of the President, but they are well worth a second look -- on something bigger than your laptop.
Nov. 6-7, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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