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USA 2011
produced by
Devanny Pinn for Pinnovating Productions
directed by Devanny Pinn
starring Rachel Grubb, Brandon Slagle, Wolfgang Meyer, Eric Pereira, Erik Preston, Kelly Marchand, Kaci Hansen, Devanny Pinn
written by Devanny Pinn, music by Brandon Slagle, special effects makeup by Angie Johnson


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Nila (Rachel Grubb) is a top photographer, and her photographs of suicide victims are the talk of the town. However, her success made her lose her original vision, which has long been replaced by the praise critics send her way and interpretation of her work by others. Nila talks a lot about the cathartic effects of her work, but her understanding of catharsis as such seems rather blurred.

One day, Nila is invited by her art professor at college Nathan (Wolfgang Meyer) to join an art collective, to create the ultimate piece of art as a group effort. She's more than thrilled, but once she arrives, the whole thing starts to worry her, as besides her and Nathan, the group consists of notorious artist and sadist Ward (Brandon Slagle), a snuff film director, and a model (Devanny Pinn) who shows signs of torture they plan to kill (for art's sake) - not exactly a healthy enviroment ... but when the model explicitely asks to be killed by Ward, that's reason enough for Nila to forget her reservations, remember the word catharsis as an excuse for everything, and keep on photographing while the poor girl is dying.


Certainly not the easiest film to swallow (even if it's not all that explicit or extreme), cathARTic puts the whole "anything for art"-concept to trial, something that has gotten hold of what I would call "high concept art" and mainstream media with all its reality shows alike, a concept that uses the rather abstract word "catharsis" as an excuse for everything.

Having said all that, cathARTic is not the brainheavy and boring effort that I have probably just made it to be though but a compelling character study beautifully carried by a subtle directorial effort and its lead Rachel Grubb alike.

The only real point of critique concerning this one is that due to its mere 20 minutes of running time, several aspects of the story go unexplored - but then again, a feture version might be in the works ...


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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Robots and rats,
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Your Bones to

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Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
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from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
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Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
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and your Ex wants
to make up ...
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you can't decide


A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
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Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD