(Originally posted Saturday, June 14, 2008 ) Last night at the DeadCenter Film Festival, we got to screen "S&M Queen For A Day," at the Midnight Shorts program. There were about eight other films that were really good, and I was happy to be in such esteemed company. One of the most disturbing was a German short film about an obese woman who gets liposuction, and we get to see the disturbing things they do with her removed fat. A real groaner. There was also a film called "Deus Ex Machina" about a guy with a '70s pornostache who does nothing but primp and preen and dance in front of the mirror in wildly silly and obnoxious fashion and hits on every chick he can find until God takes care of him in an unexpected ending. And there was a film about a man and a woman whose stories are told separately on a split screen. She is moving backward and he is moving forward, and it is about their gradually coming together (or moving apart, I'm not sure which). In any case, it was beautiful.
We also saw a feature called "Half Empty" by an Oklahoma-reared actor who has been doing smaller parts in big-budget Hollywood films for several years. His name is Robert Peters, and Stephanie and I were lucky enough to meet him, because his film is really funny. It's about a self-help book writer who goes to Germany thinking he's popular there and finds out that they hate him. His sunny disposition manages to win over at least a few hearts and minds, however. It's a really funny movie and I'm glad we saw it.
We might not be making much more of the film festival, since we're leaving tomorrow and I need to see family. But I'm glad we came. My sister made me get up and do a Q&A after S&M Queen. Not that there's much to say after a 3-minute film. It's not "Lawrence of Arabia," people.
If you guys want to keep your eyes on any of these films I mentioned, go to the DeadCenter site here.