the screening included an replica bagsextreme close-up of a praying mantis eating a fly — especially great on the big screen.
Best Video Magazine San Francisco 2009 - Wholphin
When Wholphin, a creation of the McSweeney's folks, celebrated its most recent quarterly DVD compilation at Artists' Television Access earlier this year, the audience was happily wedged into the theater. The selections were all standard Wholphin fare: witty, connected to someone interesting and famous, or merely compelling in their narrative or visual style. "Ponderable," as author and McSweeney's founder Dave Eggers calls them. This time, the screening included an extreme close-up of a praying mantis eating a fly — especially great on the big screen. "If it's good, rare, or unseen, it's on Wholphin," the video magazine's curators say, and reviewers including IFC and Rolling Stone have agreed, especially about the "good" part. Many of the films are the wrong length or too intense to be shown on television or in theaters, so the DVD is the only place you might ever join an ATA audience in contemplating bug death up close.