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Montreal photographer and videomaker Donigan Cumming has been called a “poet of the abject,” and these three videos by him deal with people, often elderly, who are barely functional. My Dinner With Weegee (2001) shows a former activist, now a hopeless alcoholic, who claims to have known Weegee. Voice: Off is a portrait of a severely damaged man; the voice-over accompanying his adolescent photo states, “He's not growing correctly.” Cumming seems to be mixing documentary and fiction—he both includes vintage photos and manipulates his subjects—in an attempt to question the truth of each, but the result is both confused and confusing. And the raw intensity of his tight close-ups of grizzled faces is diminished by artsy video effects such as slow lyrical dissolves. 89 min.

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