Competition Documentary Features
DIRECTED BY JEREMY WORKMAN
USA, 2013, 78 MIN
“In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. Nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen.”—William S. Burroughs
Al Carbee is a reclusive 80-something eccentric and outsider artist living in Maine. His primary medium is Barbie doll photography. Al loves Barbie dolls. He poses them in fantastical situations and dreams of living amid their perfect smiles and perky assets. He’s taken tens of thousands of Barbie photos, and his vast, decaying home is filled with hundreds of Barbies still posed and smiling on various sets. It’s an eerie sight. When a documentary filmmaker from New York stumbles upon Al, he’s not sure if he’s dealing with a genius or a geriatric psycho with bodies hanging in the basement. Should Al be typecast as a joke or is there something more behind his goofy grin and bizarre ramblings? As this friendship deepens over 12 years, discomfort is transformed into wonder and some amazing things happen. An emboldened Al discovers the nooks and crannies of his neighborhood, a filmmaker learns the transcendent power of creativity, and Carbee’s Barbies are briefly revealed to the world.
DIRECTED BY NICK PALMER
USA, 2012, 15 MIN
Each year, Bruce Mertz covers his house with 50,000 twinkling lights and towering holiday displays. Each December, thousands of visitors stand giggly and slack-jawed before that awesome sight, pondering the true meaning of Christmas.