The DC Independent Film Festival runs this coming week from March sixth until the tenth and I have been fortunate to review some of the shorts and films featured. Make sure to stop by to watch the films, or attend the seminars and workshops. And check the reviews on this column throughout the week.
At first glance this short appears to be dated in its theme. After all, it is 2013; when will the religious oppression be lifted from cinematographic usage when it comes to queer cinema? However, once the short has finished it reminds that not only is it a reality for many in this day and age, but the level of angst and self-sabotage apparent in its main character, a young girl whose homosexuality becomes the reason she is home schooled and treated, become warnings of our religiously chained and oxymoronic society.
Although brief and somewhat cryptic, the short does well with its three characters; the uptight mother, the overwhelmed child, and the misogynistic doctor. The three have a balancing act in preserving the utmost awkward mood as the few scenes glide together. The middle scene between the girl and the doctor is certainly the most potent and serves as a good conversation point regarding most conservative US. Perhaps it even serves as a good reminder for most progressive and inclusive territories.
The short covers no need ground, but it does perform well within its genre. Paige Kresge (Sarah) is hauntingly emotive as she submerges into the part and Matthew Herbertz’s directing makes for an intimate experience.
The short will play on Saturday, March 9th on the block titled Shorts Program: Narrative Shorts, from 12PM to 2:30PM.
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