Much like your grandmothers jumpy, hammed up, hand-held home movies, Zone showcases drunken cameral angles, heavy vignetting with sepia lighting and a cast of surreal, unearthly characters. Only now we call this German expressionism and score it with a soundtrack that Hartman claims is no less than rock-opera.
The feature, adapted from one of Hartmans earlier shorts, finds a great toymaker at odds with his own creations. The toys just want to go legit, trade their life of fantasy for something more, well, real. Revolt seems the only option. But coming of age is always a bitch, and when mayhem ensues, this motley band finds that crossing over is going to take more than they bargained for.
Reel-Illusionary Zone screens tonight only at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street, as a part of its ongoing Not So Hollywood series. Tickets are $5 for the 8 p.m. show; call the Bug at 303-447-9984 for more information or go to www.groovyfilms.biz for a preview.
Tue., March 10, 8 p.m., 2009