A Night of Misfit Films presented an intentionally odd assortment of films selected by festival creator and host Dineta Williams-Trigg. The films consisted of the ignominious incarnations of several local and otherwise out of town filmmakers that had (according to the filmmakers) been rejected by every film festival they submitted them to; films so ponderous in their production, so despicable in their direction, so stolid in their storytelling that no reputable film festival would dare have them. 17 vituperative videos were picked to play on November 26th out of an untold mass of miry murk. Held at The SIC Sense performance venue at 1902-9 East McDowell in Phoenix, the flagitious films were preceded by the jazz combo ‘Moonlight Magic.’ Dineta (that’s DIN-eet-Ah by the way) provided a generous offering of food and beverages for everyone in attendance which makes this festival one of my favorites already. The venue was small and cozy, and Dineta personally made sure everyone had a great time, even presenting EVERY filmmaker with a participation award at the conclusion. This was a unique, one of a kind festival for sure, and my sharpie is at the ready to mark the next Night Of Misfit Films. These are the 17 reprehensible rejects that were screened. Whenever possible, links to the films are provided.
Reflection – Directed and Written by Doug Proce
A woman (Delphine Del Mar) puts on makeup to “Gymnopedie” and ‘reflects’ upon her positive self image. Final Take – Right back at ya. (Watch it here)
Alone – Directed and Written by Doug Proce
A woman (Chelsea Claire) pouts while everyone around her enjoys the glitzy, vibrant nightlife of Scottsdale. Final Take – Swipe right. Nite nite. (Watch it here)
Foile’ a Deux – Directed by Ernesto Moncada
A technologically challenged couple communicate their rendezvous via chalkboard and meet in a swanky hotel. He offers impressive re-gifts and she strings jars together for a party line. They dance beneath the date palms to a groovy string bass in this fun and fantastic experimental film. Final Take – Crazy for each other.
Faithfully – Directed and Written by Brandon Bernard
An aspiring rapper sees a former high school classmate (who is now a prostitute) working the corner and invites her to move in with him. They immediately settle into a sparkling platonic existence of songwriting and housecleaning. They record a song together that gets a million views on YouTube and is played on the radio and all of their troubles are over. Final Take – Hip hop chop shop.
An Avant Garde Moment:Take One – Directed and Written by Kim Wagner Hemmes
A woman visits a cemetery and the grim reaper asks for a lift. She turns him down and he monkeys with her car. Final Take – Take two.
The Splinter – Directed and Written by Charbel Raad
A guy drives. and drives. and drives. He gets it on with a guy in his car before kicking him to the curb. He drives some more, this time to a bar and gets it on with a girl before he kicks her to the curb. He’s tormented by the incarnation of himself as a child, gets a girl’s phone number and then goes to work. Final Take – When a tempered two becomes a turgid twenty. (Watch it here)
SHUUICHI: Son of Vengeance – Written and Directed by Kevin Kittle
The son of a mad scientist is murdered, so pops operates on his kid and turns him into an avenging superhero. Junior launches into the cosmos and pops mopes around in his lab and is visited by the naked ghost of his wife. Then his kid returns from outer space. Made for the 2015 Phoenix Comicon film challenge. Narrated in Japanese with english subtitles. Final Take – Out of this world. (Watch it here)
The Salvatore – Written and Directed by Colten Dietz
Gangsters double cross each other and then everyone dies. Final Take – Pugnacious. (Watch it here)