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A psychodrama called "The Commute" is among the short-film selections at this monthly screening event

click to enlarge "The Commute" at Film Kitchen
  • "The Commute" at Film Kitchen

The monthly series for local and independent artists features Andrew Batista's "The Commute." This unnerving, 22-minute psychodrama stars Nathan Hollabaugh as a white-collar suburban guy who might have done something awful at home. Is it a dream, or a series of them? Ghost story? Mystery? Beautifully shot and skillfully acted, "The Commute" also carries a surprising emotional weight. The Jan. 13 Film Kitchen screening also includes Meg Koleck's "How to Find a Man: An Educational Film." It's a campy, candy-colored parody of 1950s classroom shorts ... and of patronizing attitudes toward women. ("Makeup is your only true friend.") Nomi Darling stars. Series curator Matthew Day also presents three music videos by Lakeeba Coleman. "Stage Fright" features vocalist Amira-Cole discussing and singing about her struggle with the malady. "Daydreaming," a song by R&B vocalist Sam Trump, gets a narrative treatment. And vocalist Casaundra's "When You Smile" addresses the plight of the people with depression.

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