Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Just when I thought it was going to be just another ho-hum Monday night of stir-frying kale and watching Wife Swap with Rudy (the cat), my friends Susan Buice and Arin Crumley dropped by with two of their friends and--surprize--I was having a party!
I met Susan and Arin in Germany last September at the Oldenburg Film Festival.
When I first saw them at the festival's free cappuccino, Javer and internet center, I thought:
"Here I am, my first day in Germany, and who do I see but two young hipsters from Brooklyn!
Ridiculously young, attractive and compelling hipsters at that!"
We exchanged the Official Brooklyn Hipster "I'm so much cooler than you" look, and then soon enough, found ourselves doing the robot together to bad, early-90's euro-trance.
Throughout the festival, Susan and Arin always had a camera on them, and it was always on.1
To the degree that when they showed up at my apartment last night, I was surprized to find them camera-less (Though Arin did have a digital on him).
Their film, Four Eyed Monsters, is an artistic collage of ideas and images, which congregate in a love story based on Susan and Arin's relationship.
Four Eyed Monsters had its premiere at Slamdance last year, and has since been heralded at many festivals. In Oldenburg it had a cult-like following.
Susan and Arin are a team of adorable guerrillas; Romantic revolutionaries; innovators whose conviction has inspired me.
It was good to see them again. And it was a surprize to be having a party.
Buy the Four Eyed Monsters DVD--when you can. And fight the good fight!
1 Except for one night at a party, when a tall, blonde actress in a baby blue dress and heels fainted perfectly back into a blue stage light. I think Arin was too awe-struck to lift the camera. We all were.