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These 15 films and videos are less consistent than those on the opening-night program, but a handful are excellent. By far the evening's best music video, Raymond S. Persi and Matthew Nastuk's black-and-white 35-millimeter animation Ghost of Stephen Foster (1999) pays tribute to Dave Fleischer's surreal Betty Boop cartoons; the Squirrel Nut Zippers, who provide the song, appear in a live shot at the beginning appropriately dressed like Cab Calloway and his band. Kenneth Glynn's rotoscope video animation Rorschach (1993) opens with a psychiatrist quizzing his patient about ink blots, a premise that allows Glynn to incorporate an extraordinary range of art media. Eric Dyer's video animation Kinetic Sandwich examines the title snack in microscopic detail-bubbles boiling in Swiss cheese, patterns of fat in meat, rustling cavities in a slice of bread. Two of the political shorts are goofy enough to transcend their heavy-handed messages: in Skizz Cyzyk's video Damn You Mr. Bush! a ukulele player offers a sprightly protest song (“A president ought to serve his people / But all you serve is corporate greed and evil”), and in Bryan Boyce's State of the Union (2001) the president's head becomes a sun rising over a meadow of oil wells where rabbits are taken out by smart bombs. John Waters, the patron saint of this whole enterprise, will introduce a rare screening of his 1969 short The Diane Linkletter Story.

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