Other inspired entries include Catherine Chalmerss exquisitely filmed "Safari," a surreal short about the lives of insects, in which she put her critters onto a controlled set and followed them around with a tiny camera for ages; its more dazzling than creepy, though the praying mantis eating a fly, back to front and nibble by nibble, will destroy you. Steph Green gets the narrative prize with his miraculous "New Boy," a perfect film about starting a new elementary school, adapted from a story by Roddy Doyle. Weijun Chens doc "Please Vote for Me" will leave you speechless at how quick bribery and coercion come into play during an election, especially one for a third-grade class monitor in China. And delicious conspiracy theories pile up in Adam Kekers "On the Assassination of the President," which presents the governments bizarre top-secret file on what to do when the president is killed. Like most of these films, the issue ends way too soon. Watch it tonight at the Wholphin 6 Screening in San Francisco.
Thu., June 19, 7 p.m., 2008