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Fever Dreams And Heavenly Nightmares: The Short Films Of Chel White   -  Discontinued

Fever Dreams And Heavenly Nightmares: The Short Films Of Chel White

Item Number:
MI MC-553
60 min.
Closed Caption:
Microcinema International
"Fever Dreams and Heavenly Nightmares" is the long awaited DVD compilation of independent filmmaker Chel White's visionary work. Spanning 20 years, this collection is an hour's worth of award-winning short films, astonishing animation, and more. From a story about a man who is obsessed with soil to an expressionistic choreography of photocopied bodies, Chel White's films defy easy categorization. Exploring love, obsession, memories and dreams, his work is sublime and intricately beautiful. Chel is often describes as a cinematic poet, and many of his films have a darkly humorous edge to them. The DVD features Magda, Dirt, and Soulmate, three adaptations of stories by long-time monologist and radio artist Joe Frank. Fresh from its run of over 50 film festivals, Magda is a tale of a young man who joins a traveling circus after falling in love with the enigmatic contortionist. The film's actors are wooden—literally. Using pose-able artist manikins in stop-motion animation, the film has a surprising emotional depth. The newest film on the DVD is A Painful Glimpse Into My Writing Process (In Less Than 60 Seconds). It is black humor tour de force derived from a poem by Scott Poole. Other films featured on the "Fever Dreams and Heavenly Nightmares" DVD are Passage, described by the Willamette Week as "an eerily beautiful rumination on the passage between birth and death", and Eclipse, a haunting examination of the often-controversial subject of the right to choose, told from a perspective that is pointedly more personal than political. Also on this new DVD compilation are two of White's early animations, and a plethora of bonus material that includes glimpses behind-the-scenes, out-takes, experiments, an interview, a sampling of a few of White's artful commercials, and more. In addition to the DVD itself, the package comes with a 12-page film book with images, descriptions, and press quotes on the films.

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