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October 11, 2009

VIFF part three: Other films can't hold a candle to this!

I like fire. I like melting wax. I like those church services where you get to hold the candle in your hand and watch it burn. So I got a big kick out of the five-minute animated short Lightheaded, which is currently at the Vancouver film festival as part of a program called It's Not Anime (October 4, 6, 13).

Alas, most of the rest of the shorts in this program are not very good, and I'm probably not alone in that assessment; at the screening I attended, Lightheaded -- which appears more or less in the middle of the program -- was the only film that got any applause, though Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty, a twisted Irish take on the classic fairy tale, did get big laughs, as well, and deservedly so.

At any rate, it's worth trudging through some just-okay-at-best works, if it means you get to discover gems like Lightheaded, in which some roughly humanoid shapes emerge from the primordial wax, dance around the fire that gave them life, and then risk everything to investigate a mysterious object that lands beyond the next horizon.

As far as I can tell, the short film has not been released online yet, at least not in its entirety, but the filmmakers have posted the 40-second trailer above. Enjoy.

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