Anthology Film Archives (AFA), Rinaldi's work "navigates the boundaries between character-driven narrative and experimental filmmak-ing"... while "investigating how non-linear techni-ques and devices can be incorporated into storytelling and conversely how storytelling can facilitate experimental agendas. SUNDOWNING is influenced by neo- and hyper-realist films, but also draws from elements of Technicolor imagery, science fiction, and experimental film and video art." Good enough.
All of the above is understandable and probably commendable. It's the execution that's noticeably lacking. AFA also gives us a rather complete plot analysis, explaining certain things that are not explained within the film. It doesn't matter much, however, because, the plot is so thin and hugely attenuated that within a few minutes, I'm afraid many viewers will be champing at the bit to get on with it.
piece that appeared some time back in the Kodak magazine In Camera.
Anthology Film Archives, as part of its Show and Tell series. Click here for tickets, and here for directions.