"Whatever the reason, a high percentage of shorts in this solid collection--including the satiric Video Kid by Laura Dean and Isaac Gale--deal with the elusive nature of identity in a fragmented, media-obsessed culture. The most emotionally satisfying of the batch is Wyatt McDill's rough-hewn Garbage Man, which subtly weighs the effect of economic hardship on socialization. Elsewhere, Dave Novak's beautifully rendered Solder Man uses digital animation to detail the struggles of a plucky paper-clip man, while the inscrutable Digits by William Scott Rees and JoEllen Martinson suggests a nightmare Target commercial directed by Godard in his Vertov period."
March 31, 2004
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