The first film struck an immediate chord with me and the audience's reaction was divided. It was called THE MEAT CYCLE and it played out like a weird, fucked up avant-guard experimental horror piece. It was much more of a concept as opposed to a narrative (although it did have one) and the screen was filled with terrifying images... the stuff of nightmares. I admired the vision of this film a whole lot and would love to see it re-cut to some kind of fucked up industrial, electronic metal or something.
And then there was TRASH, a film about two brothers on a quest to dispose of body parts. This film was also a comical tale, which was well written and acted perfectly. The audience seemed to respond well it also.
And so the rest of the line-up played out in a succession of hits and misses. Some were good. Some were bad... while others seemed pretentious. Some would have made for excellent installations and others felt like first year film school shorts. Nevertheless these are all films made by people with a strong passion and the brawn to actually make stuff. I can't possibly diss them directly or single out which films I didn't like... I admire each of the filmmakers too much.
And so I found myself driving home at midnight... bemused by what I have just experienced. Short films really ware me out and I still hadn't found that coffee... I guess it will have to wait until morning.