Bruce Sweeney's DIRTY and Lynne Stopkewich's KISSED
Did I mention that August 4th, Dirty and Kissed will be playing in a double bill at the Vancouver International Film Centre? They're two of the darkest, strangest, most interesting films to come out of Vancouver -- read the VIFC listings here. Stopkewich and Sweeney were both UBC students together -- I believe Sweeney was part of the Kissed crew, in fact, but I'm too lazy to flip open Dreaming in the Rain to check what he did -- but I'd love these films even if they weren't local (tho' I do feel totally proud that these films represent Vancouver in the world. I used to see Kissed alongside the Cronenberg movies in the Canadian film sections of Japanese video stores and get a quiet chuckle out of it, wondering what the Japanese could possibly conclude about Canada, based on these films)... Anyhow, I'm very excited about this double bill. Y'all should read up on them. Y'all should go.
Truth is, though, I'm getting a little dispirited writing about film here. When an amazing work of film art like Police Beat, despite the fact that even Ken Eisner wrote about it in the Straight, though he was neither very enthusiastic nor perceptive -- gets pretty much ignored (on the two nights I went, anyhow) -- I get to feeling like it's a bit of a lost cause. No one comes to my Blim events, I've received next to no feedback for the Cinema Aspirant stuff I've been doing for Discorder... I'm losing faith.
By the way, Police Beat plays again tomorrow night at 7:30. It's your last chance to see it on screen. I may go a fourth time, I like it THAT MUCH. Since it's in anamorphic widescreen and really visually striking, I suspect it will lose quite a bit on the small screen, so I want to get the full effect as often as I can... Tom Charity just directed me to this interview he did with Police Beat director Devor... It might help sell the unconvinced, give you a sense of what the film offers...