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The real original among these six videos is Abel Klainbaum's half-hour The History of Choking (With Erick Estrada), a purported documentary on the Heimlich maneuver that intersperses instructional films and goofy reenactments. In one a man chokes to death at a doctor's convention when his symptoms are mistaken for a heart attack. The youth portraying him gets ridiculously blue in the face, the sort of exaggerated silliness that would surely be more effective at teaching the Heimlich than the usual sterile videos. In The Fine Arts (2001), Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby mock their own lack of inspiration: a woman confesses that she's speaking French in the nude because she has no good ideas but admits that her solution is unoriginal. And in D.W. Griffith: The Master of Audition (2001), Marie Losier intercuts footage from Griffith's Broken Blossoms with her version of the film's screen tests (in voice-over, Griffith as for “more beating”); it's witty at times, yet Griffith's work itself subtly acknowledged the filmmaking process. Also showing: work by Spencer Parsons, Catherine Crouch, and Nina Xoomsai, Vanessa Stalling, and Sam Stalling. 87 min.

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