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New Edition of CineBLAST Takes Off

New Edition of CineBLAST Takes Off

New Edition of CineBLAST Takes Off

by Mark Rabinowitz

Volume 3 of cineBLAST, the innovative short film compilations distributed
on video, was recently released, featuring a mostly solid collection of
seven shorts in a variety of genres. Films include: “Egg Salad” by Billy
Kent, David Capurso’s “Emily’s Song“, Matt Menees’ “Fan-tasy“, “Touch Base” by
Tom Gilroy, “The Strange Case Of Balthazar Hyppolite” by Ethan Spigland,
Aisle 6” by David Wain and “Marie” by Jadina Lilien.

The pick of the litter is a toss up between Capurso’s “Emily’s Song” and
Menees’ “Fan-tasy”. The former is a touching and surreal look a young woman’s
difficulty to deal with the outside world by turning into an aggressive old
woman when she leaves her apartment, while the latter is a funny one minute
computer animation about dreams and realities, freedom and limits. Other
highlights include “Aisle 6”, a slightly too long but hysterical take on
small town discrimination, and a very strong performance by Lili Taylor
(“Girls Town“, “I Shot Andy Warhol“) in the otherwise unremarkable, “Touch Base“.

The series, founded by producer Gill Holland (Sundance fave-“Hurricane Streets“) has featured quite a few notable participants, including director
Morgan J. Freeman (“Hurricane Streets”), actors Sam Rockwell (“Basquiat“, “In The Soup“) and Jared Harris (“Smoke”, “Lost In Space“), and cinematographer
Enrique Chediak, winner of the best cinematography award at Sundance for
“Hurricane Streets”.

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