onedotzero triumphantly returns to EMPAC

A SCENE FROM A SHORT FROM THE SAPPORO FILM FESTIVAL, TITLED “Thank You World.” The short represented a message of appreciation from Japan to the rest of the world for their generosity in response to the earthquake of March 2011.

onedotzero_adventures has done it again. The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center put on yet another awesome onedotzero show in last Thursday’s poemetrics. poemetrics was a series of digital movies and animations inspired by various and sundry poems, and it was another amazing onedotzero show.

In the past, I have encouraged all you readers to go and see these onedotzero shows. onedotzero_adventures is an international film group that puts together amazing compilations of great digital shorts.

All of the digital shorts in poemetrics were very high quality, and very good. The only ones I took exception to were the series of shorts entitled “The Gum Thief—Bethany.” This series was well done, but really they were all just commercial snippets for a novel that is to be released soon.

Having said that, I’m going to move to just gushing about the shorts that I found to be amazing. “Apple,” by Leslie Barnes of the U.K., was hilarious. It was a tale about a man who was eating an apple and choking on a wayward chunk, and a bird who was doing the same thing. It was very simple, and still very hilarious, understated, and refined. I enjoyed the living hell out of it.

“Marvin,” by Mark Nute of the U.K., was also an absolute treat. It was a tale of a boy with a hole in his head, a hole the exact size of the boy’s common sense, which bounced out, allowing the boy to go on adventures. It was a very interesting and fun tale, and its associated poem was fantastic.

Daniel Boyle, also of the U.K., put together a short entitled “The Grand Old Duke of York,” which takes the childhood rhyme many of us are familiar with and turns it into a rather grim look on war from the vantage point of the nobility/politicians. The short was grim, but superbly done, and its commentary was also very well integrated and done. Overall, it was excellent.

This show was absolutely worth seeing, and supremely worth the cost of its tickets, especially at the student rate. onedotzero has the most amazing shows, and I could not be happier that EMPAC puts their work on. I cannot put it simpler than this: go see this, and every other onedotzero production. Even if the specific collection of animations and shorts isn’t your thing, you will still be wowed by the technical excellence and style of the show. It is a good time, and you will see some amazing work. For the record, the next onedotzero show EMPAC is putting on is on Thursday, March 1. Go forth, dear readers.