Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It's Showtime for Short Films, Home Movies

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It's Showtime for Short Films, Home Movies

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Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union staff writer

Time to dust off those home movies ("Here's us at the Grand Canyon") or that short film you and your friends made on the video camera. After all, people are clamoring to see them. At least they will be Tuesday night.

That's the date for Open Screen Night at Subterranean Cinema's theater, the Pit, at 406 Chelsea St. in Riverside.

It's a chance to show off your homemade tapes in public, or even to showcase a quirky work you picked up along the way and want to show to other people. The Pit's Tim Massett just requests that you show up half-an-hour early with your tape -- DVD or any video format -- cued up and ready to go.

He's limiting each entry to seven minutes in length.

"Other micro-cinemas around the country have been doing this kind of thing for a while. And I always get asked by people to show their work," Massett said.

What to expect? He's already had some interest from, among other filmmakers, people who've made Pixelvision movies on those Fisher-Price toy cameras from the '80s.

Shows are at 8 and 10 p.m. Admission is $3 for those with tapes to show, $5 for those who just want to watch.


You might be a redneck if . . . You'd think everything would go smoothly in a movie written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, a comedy starring Thornton, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Kelly Preston, Andy Griffith, Brenda Blethyn, Ben Affleck, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jim Varney (in his final appearance before his death). Even singer-songwriter John Prine gets in the act, taking on a sizable role.

Well, you'd be wrong: The film, Daddy and Me, is a mess.

It was filmed in 1999, then shelved by Miramax after playing in a few film festivals. It's been a long wait for the film -- so long ago that when it was made, Thornton was still attached to co-star Laura Dern, long before the whole Angelina Jolie thing, which is now kaput as well.

The wait's over: Daddy and Me is out on video this month. Watch it, and you can see why it never came near a multiplex. It's a one-note white trash comedy about a dysfunctional Arkansas family, full of screechy arguments and redneck stereotyping as old as Hee Haw. …

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