Sunday, January 31, 2016

SpIFF 2016: Short reviews of short films, the U.S. and Canadian Shorts program

Posted By on Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Short films are part of the lifeblood of any film festival, and the Spokane International Film Festival is no different, with various programs dedicated to domestic, international, even regional, short films. What follows are two short reviews of the abbreviated-format flicks. 


In a hilarious juxtaposing of innocence and corruption in a rest stop bathroom, a boy’s bouncy ball takes him into the dark, shit-covered, and dangerous spaces parents faint at the idea of their child seeing.

There’s no sugarcoating in either content or language—if you’re young and looking for work, this short film about a door-to-door meat salesman will probably make you uncomfortable. The pitfalls of life are embedded seamlessly, seeming at one moment like they can be conquered, and in the next like they might last forever.

Big Boy and Meat are part of the U.S. and Canadian Shorts showcase, along with Longhand, Love Is Dead and Staman • Sunday, Jan. 30 at 7 pm and again Wed, Feb. 3 at 7 pm • Magic Lantern Theatre • 25 W. Main

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