Each week the folks at Cinema Circus show a series of short films on Wednesday evening at the Chilmark Community center. The films begin at 6 p.m. but the circus — complete with jugglers, face painters, stilt walkers, food and music — gets underway at 5 p.m.
The short films are programmed each week around a central theme, introduced in the first film by Professor Projector. This week’s theme is perspective.
An advanced screening of the films was arranged with a young cineaste. This week’s reviewer is Felix Colon.
Professor Projector: Perspective (Dir. Scott Barrow / USA / 2013 / 5 min.).
I learned what perspective meant and how to notice that in a film. I watched this film last but was able to use this information in my reviews. I liked that Mr. Peeps was able to push the on button to start the movie. It gave examples that I understood. Whoever tells the story, it is in their perspective, like seeing the clown and lion from behind the window meant that it was the perspective of the person inside the building.
Snack Attack (Dir. Andrew Cadelago / U.S.A. / 2012 / 5 min.).
I like the film because the old lady was determined to get the cookies, and because the guy played it cool and thought the lady was cuckoo. The main characters were the guy in the green jacket and the old lady. I liked how the music changed and when it was the perspective of the lady it was quiet music and when it was the boy it became louder. My favorite part was when the old lady pulls the boy’s plug out from his phone, and she was so mad, but it turned into so sorry when she realized that they were not her cookies, but the boy didn’t seem to care. I felt inspired by the boy to not make a big deal about small things. This film would be a 9.
Minnie Mouse (Dir. Mirjam de With / Netherlands / 2011 / 16 min.).
This live action film was another one that I liked. Mina, the main character, just didn’t give up! She liked Minnie Mouse so much and would never take the ears off even in the pool. She wasn’t obeying the adults, but not in a mean way, she just loved Minnie so much. Mina loved Minnie so much that she changed her name from Mina to Minnie. It made me laugh in the end when she cut the holes in her Mom’s coat and made even bigger ears to go on a trip to visit Minnie. I think I like the live action films the best. I would rate this a 7.
A Bat in Paris (Dir Jacob Stalhammar / Sweden / 2012 / 5 min.).
The Bat in Paris was not my favorite. I didn’t like it mostly because it didn’t make sense. I did like the music and the scenes of Paris, and the person that brought the TV because it was funny to me. The bat and the fox were the main characters. I can’t even rate this.
Knuffle Bunny Free (Dir. Pete List / U.S.A. / 2012 / 13 min.).
I liked seeing this because my younger sister was just reading about Knuffle Bunny being lost at the laundromat. It was familiar to me. It was an animation film. The main characters were Trixie, Knuffle Bunny, Oma, Opa and her parents. When Trixie found out that they were going on a trip to visit her grandparents, she packed her backpack and got Knuffle Bunny. But on the way there she left Knuffle Bunny on the plane in Holland where Oma and Opa lived. It was fun to see where the plane went after they got off. It went to China! They tried to distract her with lots of fun things and tell her how big she was getting so she wouldn’t be sad, but she was still sad. Oma and Opa had a plan to get her a new Knuffle Bunny, it didn’t work, it was too loud. When they got back on the plane to go home, there was a loud, crying baby in front of them. It was annoying. But Trixie found Knuffle Bunny in the pocket on the seat and nicely gave it to the crying baby. Her parents were proud. I think she realized she was getting bigger. If I were one of the passengers I would be relieved. This gets a 7.
Dingi (Dir. Viet Helmer / Germany, Bangladesh / 2012 / 6 min.).
This was my favorite! It was “real life,” and I like how the boys were playing around. Sometimes I do stuff like this with my friends, and it was interesting to see boys my age in another country doing fun things. It looked like fun to steal the clothes and pretend to be a lady. I liked seeing another country. So this was the perspective of someone else, like in Professor Projector’s film when someone was just watching. I rate this a 9.
Review on the Reviewer
Name: Felix Colon.
School: Fifth grade at Tisbury School.
Sibling: Esme, age five.
Pets: Dog (George), cat (Truman), chicken (Leon), bees.
Something new you are learning: Windsurfing.
New place you would like to explore: New Zealand.
New food you recently tried: Coleslaw.
Favorite thing about Martha’s Vineyard: The ocean.
What do you want to do/be when you grow up: Sail in America’s Cup.
Anything else you want us to know about you: I love sports, sailing, skiing, hockey, baseball and being outdoors. I walked around the Island when I was seven.