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Resfest 2005

An Eclectic mix

Resfest 2005 runs in San Francisco from Sept.21-25 and includes a wild assemblage of music videos, cinematic musings, and celluloid non-sequitors. For those who haven't the patience to sit through full length features, Resfest will likely soothe your palate with it's plethora of short, bite sized shorts. Additionally, Resfest includes a handful of features as part of the program (including Mike Mills' debut feature, Thumbsucker).

Some highlights from the 'Shorts' portion (and one from the 'Special Programs' portion) of Resfest:

La Vie d'un Chien (The Life of a Dog)
This hilarious short written and directed by John Harden explores an ambitious scientist's efforts to create a serum that turns people into dogs. This potent serum enables the scientist to explore the wild world of canine tomfoolery. Things get complicated when the public discovers said serum and it becomes the chic drug of choice.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

"11:59" is a tense short from Holland (written/dir. By Johan Kramer) following a young man in real time as he travels to a destination unknown. It's clear whatever he's about to do will irrevocably change his life, but whether it's an act of terrorism, violence, or something altogether different is unclear. The twist at the end rivals anything M. Night Shyamalan has put on the big screen.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Le Grand Sommeil (The Big Sleep)
A whimsical, Rip Van Winkle inspired short from Belgium, "Le Grand Sommeil", follows the lighthearted adventures of an odd trio. A cowboy, Indian, and horse (actually…how odd is this really?) live together in a windmill. Their days seem to be consumed by playing ping pong, forgetting to pick up the mail, and falling into lengthy narcoleptic episodes.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Architecture of Reassurance
All is not as it seems in the suburbia. A comforting, seemingly stable assembly of boxlike homes belies problems and conundrums. A young girl wanders aimlessly from house to house trying to seek normalcy and stability. Mike Mills first true narrative short is a foreshadowing of his debut feature, Thumbsucker and interesting reflection on the perception of what is considered "normal".
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars