A man's strange obsession with dirt starts as a childhood game, but eventually manifests itself on a most surreal level. The dark, expressionistic images create an allegory for individuality and self-sufficiency, in this off beat ecological parable. "Dirt" marries Chel White's filmmaking with the satirical writing of Joe Frank.
Written and narrated by Joe Frank. Starring Evan Knapp.
|"A very original and inspired work. Sharp and to the point."|
|-Stockholm International Film Festival|
|"A post-modern Invasion of the Body Snatchers."|
|"Dirt condenses an unusual dinner party into a four-minute eco-fable in lovely 35mm black-and-white. Whoever presumes humble earth isn't a beautiful subject will be surprised by Portland director Chel White's optical illusions, artful depth of field and time-lapse photography. From sculpted plates of food to the flickering light and music of its old-time titles, the presentation alone turns the ordinary into extraordinary."|
|"A model of true ecological perfection."|
|-American Short Shorts|
awards and screnings:
time: 4 minutes
Best Short Film - Stockholm International Film Festival.
Best Experimental Film - USA Film Festival.
Official Jury Selection - Sundance Film Festival.
Best Experimental Film - Crossroads Film Festival.
Honorable Mention - Northwest Film Festival.
Lagniappe Award - New Orleans Film & Video Festival
World Premiere - Festival des Films du Monde, Montréal.
Jury Selection - Ekomedia International Ecology Film Festival (Germany).
Jury Selection - British Short Film Festival.
Jury Selection - Melbourne Film Festival.
Jury Selection - Oberhausen Film Festival.
Jury Selection - Nantucket Film Festival.
Jury Selection - Florida Film Festival.
Jury Selection - Filmfest Hamburg.
Jury Selection - Mill Valley Film Festival.
Jury Selection - Split Festival of New Film (Croatia).
Jury Selection - Avanca 2000 (Portugal).
Short Film Finalist - Austin Film Festival.
Featured on SCI-FI Network's "Exposure."
year completed: 1998.
narrative / experimental
format: 35mm B&W film / screen ratio 1:1.85 / 24 fps / Dolby A stereo sound
produced & directed by Chel White
story written & read by Joe Frank
director of photography - Mark Eifert
editor - Michael Corrigan
art director - Malia Jensen
sound design - Drew Canulette
noise - Daniel Menche
time: 4 minutes
and narrated by Joe Frank
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