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Curator Walter Forsberg picked this bouquet of shorts from the Canadian prairie that spawned visionary filmmaker Guy Maddin (Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary), and in keeping with the program's namesake, there are numerous droll and indulgent homages to silent cinema and other marginalized genres such as educational films. The mannerist aesthetic is expressed most successfully in John Paizs's Springtime in Greenland (1981), a supremely weird and understated evocation of 50s suburbia in which homoeroticism surfaces at a backyard pool party. But Jeff Erbach's pervy Soft Like Me (1996) overreaches with its tale of slave boys who wear metal harnesses and horse bits, harvest wheat for an obese masked pedophile, and are rewarded by being fed into a meat grinder. Also showing: works by Danishka Esterhazy, Matthew Rankin, Noam Gonick, and Deco Dawson & the Royal Art Lodge. 78 min.

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