Around the Coyote Short Film and Video Winter Festival, program one | Chicago Reader

Around the Coyote Short Film and Video Winter Festival, program one

David Zackin's animated Tunanooda stands out in this program of five short films from 2002. A boy tries to find a subject for a homework assignment while his grandfather serves him casserole and regales him with macabre tales of his exploits as a lifeguard; the drawings remind me of Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold series, but the humor is impish and original. Matt Lamothe's Ice Fishing, also animated, is a cycle of wordless encounters between men who seem baffled by each other. With a style marked by simple lines, minimal backdrops, and articulate facial expressions, Lamothe strives for surreal effects—a man pulls a severed arm from a bag, two ice fishermen fight to exhaustion over a catch—but delivers only non sequiturs. The laughs in Ron Lazzeretti's one-joke comedy Wedding Night hinge upon the notion of a bride (Naomi Ashley) running off with the priest (Tim Polk). Also on the program: Eric David Hamilton's 60 Minutes and Ronit Bezalel's Tundra Morning. 60 min.

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