The Cinema Circus, complete with jugglers, face painters, stilt walkers, food and music, gets underway at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Chilmark Community Center. The films begin at 6 p.m. Each week in advanced screening of the films is arranged with a young Island cineaste, plucked from the age bracket of the target audience.
In a world with few certainties, the kid critic is the critic to trust. Unfettered by economics, societal pressure, perhaps even good taste, the kid critics have no agenda. They have no filters nor is there any chance of hyperbolic windblowing designed to get everyone to see the movie. In fact, fewer people showing up might mean more popcorn for these young reviewers.
This week’s review is a double billing by brothers Noah Glasgow and Jakie Glasgow, who decided, of all the short films showing at Cinema Circus this week, to pick two to review. “We enjoyed watching all of the films but these two were our favorites,” they wrote.
Ormie (Dir. Rob Silvestri / Canada / 2009 / 4 min.)
Ormie is a funny comedy that is animated. The main character, Ormie, is trying to get cookies that are on top of a refrigerator in many ridiculous ways. For example he tries skydiving and he tries to use a chainsaw. He also tries a jet pack and a toilet plunger. He keeps trying and trying and trying but it never works. We laughed so much that it was ridiculous. You will have to come see this film to see how it ends.
Philip and the Butterfly (Dir. Sebastien Deschenes / Canada / 2007/ 5 min.)
In Philip and the Butterfly, Philip is a bug collector. In the beginning he finds a beautiful caterpillar. Philip puts the caterpillar in a jar, takes it to his room and puts it on the top shelf. He wants to win the first place prize in the bug fair. He visits it everyday. One day when he goes to visit the caterpillar he notices a change. The caterpillar has formed a chrysalis and then turns into a butterfly. But then an accident happens and Philip is very sad. In the end Philip makes a decision to change his bug collecting career! This film will change your view of insects.
There are more short films for everyone to enjoy including Animate Anything, a film about how to make animation; Save Our Bacon, about a farmer trying to save his pigs and his farm; Minnie Loves Junior, a film where Minnie tries to get Junior to pay attention to her; How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon, about a dinosaur who has a cold; and Davey Crocket in Outer Space, a song and music video.
After the children’s films, there will be a screening at 8 p.m. of the drama Cairo 678, the directorial debut of Egyptian screenwriter Mohamed Diab who, instead of attending the film’s premiere in Rotterdam, chose to fight in his country’s revolution. The film portrays three women in Cairo who converge in their desire to combat sexual harassment. In a twist foreshadowing the massive protests that recently engulfed the Arab world, the women decide to take the law into their own hands by exacting revenge on men foolish enough to harass them.
Elizabeth Rubin, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine will attend the screening and afterwards discuss the making of the movie and participate in a question and answer session.
Tickets are available at tmvff.org or 508-645-9599 or at the Chilmark Community Center starting at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the show. Admission is $14, or $7 for members of the festival (you can join at the door).