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1993 Arizona Film Festival: Screenings give audiences rare chance to nibble at offbeat movies

1993 Arizona Film Festival: Screenings give audiences rare chance to nibble at offbeat movies


… And in some cases this festival is way ahead of the national scene. A major discovery of the event is experimental director Holly Fisher from Boston. Her “Bullets For Breakfast” showed at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival, but she is largely unknown in this country. That’s likely to change.

Her movie is a remarkable piece of work that will almost certainly revise the standards by which abstract film is judged…

BULLETS FOR BREAKFAST: Holly Fisher’s hypnotic experimental film entangles the myths of cowboy heroes with the way history has treated women. It plays almost like cultural memory burned onto film. Fisher fills the screen with complicated manipulated visions of existing films, still works of art and photography. The soundtrack records snatches of conversations with the likes of feminist poet Nancy Nielson and Western pulp writer Ryerson Johnson (“Everything we wrote about the West was a lie”).

While it pads its length somewhat, this is a startling piece of work that will be long remembered. It has the kind of power experimental films frequently dream about and seldom achieve. Fisher will introduce screenings of her movie and answer questions afterward 1992, 77 min.


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