This March Moviehouse explores the intersection of reality and imagination with two films designed to make us think about the nature of what we see and don't see and where movies can take us that reality cannot. Alexander Maxwell presents a modern day take on an old-school duel while David Mason presents a spooky look at a simple conversation. As always you can expect beats from DJ Clay Franklin, drinks and snacks.
Burr by Alexander Maxwell
Burr is a film about a violent culture and how it can maneuver and influence the minds of angry and imaginative young kids. Each scene reveals a different layer of how honor is misconceived in today’s society and how problems are taught to be resolved though through aggressive confrontation. Burr contests the idea that violence is a natural human characteristic but rather a distortion that has been created.
Desi is a teenager who looks younger then his years. He is the victim to constant harassment from a group of kids at school. Desi never reacts but instead bottles his emotions inside with his only relief being dramatic, Wild West fantasies that he plays out in his head. One day while with his only friend Byron, Desi confides in him and says that he plans to bring a gun to school and avenge the mistreatment he receives. Byron has made a promise to Desi that he won't tell anybody and he intends to keep his promise but devise an alternative that will hopefully keep his friend from ruining his life and others.
The Photographers by David Mason
A woman at the beach appears to be upset when a photographer casually takes her picture. The situation seems to be resolved through friendly conversation, but there is something not quite right; she seems to go along with everything a little too easily. What is she concealing? Shot on the legendary super 8 home movie format, The Photographers is a meditation on the still image. The characters are roughly composed and speak about images in an elementary way. Who owns them? Why create them? Motives are unclear and manipulation seems likely in this sketch of a woman’s obsession with the photographic image.