SXSW 2020 Short Film REVIEWS: Dieorama, Face To Face Time + Selfie changes

SXSW 2020 Day 8 of 10 day limited available event. Don’t hesitate, watch the films of interest (and maybe explore some you might not think from the description you might like) while you still can:

Dieorama ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
Run time: 11 minutes
Director: Kevin Staake
SXSW film #19 watched

Abigail Goldman makes miniatures of grisly scenes as art. She works for the public defender’s office in Bellingham, Washington by day and by night she makes this tiny, gory works of art.

This film shows that Goldman is a fairly normal wife, mother and family person, who doubles as a creative artist.

Face To Face Time ⭐️½
Run time: 7 minutes
Director: Izzy Shill
SXSW film #20 watched

A woman decides to Facetime her boyfriend for some naughty sex talk. He gets all excited in more than one way.

The payoff is a bit cheap. Was he supposed to have a hard-on in his pants when it was close-up on the screen? I think it was, but then it wasn’t very clear. That alone takes away a star for cinematography. Are we supposed to imagine he has an erection?

This was pretty weak overall. Not recommended.

Selfie gets (a reboot) another selfie of itself

Here’s something strange on the SXSW front. This was spotted by DougInNC. Apparently Selfie which was the very first short film (see: SXSW 2020 Short Film REVIEWS: Selfie, Modern Whore, The Voice in Your Head, Single) of the 20 to date I watched and reviewed was changed, The film was altered from the 9 minute English short film to 1 hour and 48 minutes mostly, according to Doug, now in French with subtitles. I watched about 10 minutes of the “new” version of Selfie and, yes, it’s in French.

It’s a strange development for the film. Was it always intended to be in French with subtitles as a longer work, not a 9 minute short film in English? I don’t care if it’s in French with subtitles or English, but it’s a curious development. Could have been an honest mistake by Amazon or SXSW or some combination of both, but you’d think the festival would have had the film files worked out prior to the event.

Anybody know the story behind this change, just for curiosity sake? It’s not a big deal, naturally. Who cares if the film is a 9 minute short or the full meal treatment at 1 hr 48 min, but the language being different is a fairly significant change.

Being this is my first film festival, maybe these kinds of things happen during festivals? Sure spices up those trying to watch films if they change after watching them. Someone throw me a bone in the comments. Thank you in advance.

3 thoughts on “SXSW 2020 Short Film REVIEWS: Dieorama, Face To Face Time + Selfie changes

  1. Thanks for the shout-out and link regarding “Selfie” (the full version of 1hr 48min). It is by far the best film of those I watched from SXSW 2020. I have viewed (and reviewed) just 8 selections in total, versus the 22 reviews that I count on your site.

    May I suggest “Betye Saar: …”? It is very well made by Director Christine Turner. Artist Betye, the subject of the 9 minutes, is an endearing young woman of 93. I do not see a review from you for that one; otherwise you covered everything that I watched.

    I may see 1 or 2 more, with Broken Orchestra piquing my interest the most (I saw your commentary). As I said on my site, there is nothing about this experience that justifies travel to Austin for a future SXSW, though I’m willing to attend local North Carolina film festivals.

    Lastly, I’m happy you found the short form to have more potential than expected. I agree those are worth a look, being the hard-to-find needles in the haystack of films.

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    1. I’m still gathering my thoughts on the overall festival but I too have watched pretty much everything I want to see. Will try and check out what you recommended, thank you. I’m still curious what happened with selfie. I wonder if they dumped their social media help? I heard they were having financial issues because they had to last minute cancel so they may not have many staff left to promote the virtual event. Amazon isn’t going to promote it c or them as they don’t do very good at promoting their own original content

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