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I Crush You 

Wednesday, Oct 6 2010
Local filmmaker Nara Denning loves ancient mythology, but she messes with it a lot. Plus, her other great love seems to be variations on “sexy woman crushes puny man.” Her contribution to “Beyond Manny and Marcos: Far-Out Filipino American Films and Theater” is Neurotique # 6, which she calls “the finale in a series of tragic love stories.” The mythology here, rendered in Denning’s signature neo-silent style, is Hawaiian — sexy volcano goddess Pele, played by Dominique De Guzman, crushes a puny, pith-helmeted photographer. (William Buck, star of all the Neurotiques, is also crushed by nurses, belly dancers, a sexy robot, even a butterfly.) One can hardly blame Madame Pele, though — pith helmet was watching as she got it ritually on with her water god, played in majestic metallic body paint by performance-art god Anthem Salgado, who also curated tonight’s event. All this and roiling clouds, exciting jungle chase scenes, and the deep-focus, high-gloss black-and-white we’ve come to rely on for our messed-up mythology and mean glamazons. Eight other filmmakers and four stage actors also contribute to this stellar evening.
Sat., Oct. 16, 3 p.m., 2010

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