Films by Matt McCormick | Chicago Reader

Films by Matt McCormick

In the last few years Matt McCormick of Portland, Oregon, has emerged as one of our strongest independent filmmakers, doing work that's both ingenuous and humorously absurd. Going to the Ocean (2001) is as simple as a haiku: it begins with a long take of ships gliding through an urban waterway at night while superimposed highway lights sail by, creating a strangely menacing mood; then it cuts to old home-movie footage of adults playing in the surf. Sincerely, Joe P. Bear (1999) uses hilarious old footage of someone in a polar bear suit cavorting with a pretty female model who's seated on a block of ice in a Portland street. And The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal (2001) is at once a delightful parody of overheated art-history hermeneutics and an authentic plea for the appreciation of disregarded urban patterns. Also on the program: American Nutria (2003), Past and Pending (2003), The Vyrotonin Decision (1999), and two new works, Grounded and Towlines. 79 min.

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