A guiding principle of art, at least for those without a patron or trust fund, is work with what you've got. Cavemen and women used natural pigments and, well, cave walls, while modern primitives avail themselves of what's already in their hands, cell phones and webcams. The Disposable Film Festival — a whimsical misnomer given the paucity of celluloid on display — starts Thursday, and it seeks the most creative and accomplished shorts produced with amateur image-capture devices. Self-deprecating humor is a defining characteristic of this new medium. (Maybe pretentiousness doesn't coexist very well with D.I.Y. inventiveness or, thankfully, run-of-the-mill consumer electronics.)
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