|Scene from the animated short "WIND."|
(C) 2014 Luke T. Bush
PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY - Monday 8/18/14
Eric Ayotte tours with an acoustic guitar and a notebook computer. The guitar, of course, is for his musical performances. And the computer? To share a compilation of DIY/low budget movie shorts that prove much less is more.
Location: 30 City Hall Place, a retail spot that has been renovated into a visitors and art-performance center. Event format: live music by local musician/songwriter Justin Passino (AKA For The Kid In The Back); followed by Eric, sometimes accompanied by his songstress friend Charlie, performing his own original works; and then the movie shorts shown via a digital projector on a large screen for easy viewing. A full program for the evening just for a contribute-what-you-can donation in the large glass goblet on the front table.
|For The Kid In The Back|
Eric oversees the Gadabout Traveling Film Festival. According to its site, http://gadaboutfilmfest.com/, he is now touring over 70 cities for the two months before returning to Europe for another tour there.
He explained he initiated the project back in 2002 with a DIY punk band ethic, focusing on short films driven by creativity, not a need for money. Each year he views and curates a number of independently-made shorts, creating a "new batch" to take on the road.
The 12th Annual compilation is entitled "Speechless." While each film does have an audio track there is no dialogue, a limitation that spurs more originality.
And the shorts were indeed offbeat. I haven't been so entertained since viewing the classic "Bambi Meets Godzilla" decades ago.
In the animated "WIND" by Robert Loebe people have to think more horizontally than vertically while dealing with a relentless ferocious gale. Another work, "Luminaris" by Juan Pablo Zaramella, uses a light bulb motif to comment on conformity and freethought.
Eric invites DIY filmmakers to participate in his Instant Gratification Movie Challenge, more info at http://monthlymoviechallenge.com/ . Your work might up in the next Gadabout Film Fest.
|[L to R] Eric Ayotte and Charlie.|