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Short local film selections include a cop-movie spoof, and experimental films about fishing

John Feightner in "Shadows of the Shield," at Film Kitchen

This month's installment of the series for local and independent artists ranges from a cop-movie spoof to experimental work. The spoof is "Shadows of the Shield," local improv troupe Hustlebot's entry in the 48-Hour Film Project. The fast-paced, seven-minute comedy (complete with power-ballad theme song) teams an inept film crew with an undercover detective. Film Kitchen, curated by Matthew Day, also screens two new works by veteran local filmmaker Mike Bonello. His 15-minute "Something in the Water" uses triple exposures and color filters for a mind-expanding 16 mm take on snow, clouds and running water, from the Youghiogheny River (and its falls-running kayakers) to the Atlantic Ocean. In "Spirit Fish" (5 min.), inveterate angler Bonello employs an underwater camera to document a palomino trout he's seen repeatedly in Laurel Hill Creek. And Madelyn Roehrig (best known for her videos documenting people who visit Andy Warhol's grave) offers three short works. They include "Transported Traditions," which is built from collaged audio, plus still images from a mid-century trip to Italy. And the chilling "Darksides" (7 min.) is a sort of postmodern horror movie whose visuals are constructed entirely from still screen-grabs from a TV — wildfires, peanut-butter commercials, reality shows, Saving Private Ryan and local-news screamer headlines ("Mall Rampage").

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