Little Feet (3/29)

Dip your toes in silky monochrome, then submerge to consider the aqueous essence of ghosts (or goldfish) in a brand-new jaunt by In The Soup filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell that explores the weird, fragile logic of childhood — the era when you might’ve seen spirits in your bathwater. The far-out musings of Rockwell’s own four- and seven-year-olds are preserved in amber through a series of exuberant improvisations, as they portray neglected siblings who navigate their mother’s death via a slummed-out Echo Park enchanted forest odyssey that trades its trees for a smog-stained sprawl of twisted chainlink, dumpster divers and fixie-mounted street magicians. Thom Andersen’s vision of an under-depicted cinematic Los Angeles comes to mind: a poverty-stricken alter-Southland of “those who walk” and “those who ride the bus,” lovingly enshrined in 16mm short ends immortalizing our faded carnicerías, bleached parking lots and sun-baked roadside chaparral in a glimmering daydream travelogue. The show kicks off with Frances Bodomo’s short film Boneshaker, starring Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)!
Little Feet Dir. Alexandre Rockwell, 2013, DCP, 60 min.
Boneshaker Dir. Frances Bodomo, 2013, DCP, 12 min.