Any info on the films? Your feelings on each movie?
This is an Alternative American Film Festival focused on camp movies, which rely on postmodern views of art and culture. Camp is a certain mode of aestheticism, not in terms of beauty, but in terms of the degree of artifice, of stylisation. Camp art is often decorative art, emphasising texture, sensuous surface, and the style at the expense of content. Films are often characterised by the absence of linear narrative, the use of various abstracting techniques- out-of-focus, painting or scratching on film, rapid editing, the use of asynchronous sound or even the absence of any sound track, they grope the limits and experiment with film ethics and form.
I love each movie as my own baby – that gives me septuplets.
Is this your first festival, why these films?
First in the sense of doing it basically alone, but actually in 2007 we made a two- day extreme sports event in Haapsalu “Extreme Fest” with my friends, where duties were divided between six of us.
Everything seems to be on-line, previously on VHS. Have you ever seen any of these movies at a cinema house before?
No, never, which is why it is happening in the first place.
What about more modern day alternative American movies. Most of these films are older than you, what makes them enduring and how did you get to know them?
The first one I saw was “Pink Flamingos”, after that I got the germ of indi and B, even C and Z category films. Because they dare to be different, experiment and give new dimensions of understanding film as a medium.
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There is one film “Skinned Deep” by Gabriel Bartalos that is from the 21st century to show that this esoteric approach can effectively be applied today.
The festival is alternative American, why not just alternative?
Why an Alternative American Film Festival? Because all the films on the list are American. There are so many precious and culturally important treasures that otherwise would not reach an Estonian audience, because we are flooded by the Hollywood mainstream.
Is there one film above all others that you admire the most and what is it that makes you so keen on it?
I do not want to make one movie more important than the others. The films are all chosen for a particular reason, to give a brief overview of ‘camp’ movies. They all are different and have their own magic in them. The list is a whole.
Anybody you’d like to thank for making this happen? (The festival)
Everybody, life, and especially Tiina Savi.
A message for anyone reading this article and thinking, “oh what shall I do in the first week of March?” (are there such people still?)
Sounds like new-age hippy shit, but peace and love fellow soldiers! Take a bath.
Greete, unexpected, well connected, a post modern girl, alert, tough, reliable, always charming always alluring in her simplicity and disarming honesty.
A nice thing on Anne Carlisle from Liquid Sky.