James Fotopoulos X 3: Migrating Forms/Zero/Back Against the Wall [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Original sketches
  • Storyboards
  • Photo gallery

Synopsis

Migrating Forms
Chicago-based avant garde filmmaker James Fotopoulos directs Migrating Forms, a minimalist exercise in sexual dysfunction. A woman with blonde hair (Rebecca Lewis) and a stone-faced man (Preston Baty) have anti-erotic sex, smoke cigarettes, and drink water. They are watched by the man's cat. The scene repeats itself while each parter develops a growth on their back and the bathroom fills up with bugs. Shot in 16 mm black-and-white, Migrating Forms won the Best Feature award at the 2000 New York Underground Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Back Against the Wall
Midwest experimental filmmaker James Fotopoulos employs his grim cinematic style for Back Against the Wall. Levey (Martin Shannon) lives in a harshly lit apartment decorated with mostly cardboard boxes. Waiting for his girlfriend June (Debbie Mulcahy) to return, he plays chess, reads books, and meets with his friend Ed (Ernie E. Frantz). When Levey is unresponsive to her underwear modeling show for him, she leaves him for Vince (Michael Wexler), which leads the film into a strange mix of pornography and violence. Following a sexually fueled costume party in a farmhouse, Vince is beaten up by thugs. The final segment focuses on Ed and June with a grotesque enigmatic ending. Shot in 16 mm black-and-white, Back Against the Wall premiered at the Anthology Film Archives in New York. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Zero
Surrealist auteur James Fotopoulos directs his first feature-length film with the experimental horror film Zero. Shot in black-and-white 16 mm and then hand-tinted, the film consists of a man (Matthew Buckley) slipping into total isolation with the help of pornography, violence, and disease. Running over two hours long, the lone character descends into madness and develops a cyst. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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