Posted at 3:45 PM on February 28, 2007
by Euan Kerr
"Red Road" (Images courtesy of the Walker Art Center)
The folks at the Walker in Minneapolis are hurling a lot of celluloid over the next couple of weeks with "Women with Vision 2007:Mirror Image." It's actually quite overwhelming.
The offerings range from the first chance locally to see films that will soon be on the arthouse circuit such as Andrea Arnold's "Red Road" (Scotland) Valeska Grisebach's "Longing" (Germany,) and Daniele Thompson's "Avenue Montaigne" (France,) to video shorts produced by Minnesotan girls age 8-18.
There's a great deal of local film in the series.
There will be the World Premiere of Joanna Kohler's "Boxers" (right) at the Uppercut Boxing Gym in Minneapolis, which should be a raucous affair as the movie, which profiles a team of female boxers, was shot in part at Uppercut.
Let's hope the boxers like what they see!
And there will be the local premier of Melody Gilbert's "Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness" (left) which again should be raucous because the film's subjects, people who like to explore sewers and abandoned buildings, are also likely to attend.
I must admit I have become very partial to one short I have already seen called "Intolerable" (right) by director Alison McLean, and starring "This American Life" regular David Rakoff. He plays a casting director who seems more interested in getting a reaction at auditions than in the final project. It is a deceptive little piece (30 minutes total) which leaves you guessing.
Kohler, Gilbert, McLean, and Rakoff are all scheduled to appear with their films.
Anyway, check out the schedule.