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REVIEW by Karla
Esquivel, ran in Seattle's TABLET, October 2000
The film is severely raw in that do-it-yourself way. It's what filmmaking is really about-a cooperative effort in it's truest sense, it's a process and Fritz will be the first to tell you that. As I walked into this little Seattle premier/fundraiser at the Soil Gallery, I learned that Fritz had just finished editing the film only hours before people started arriving to his show. What's more amazing is that even though he admitted to not having slept for days, he remained incredibly poised and lucid throughout the whole event. The film, shot in 16mm, is about an eccentric old sculptor and the trials and tribulations he's gone through being an artist.
Fritz--a mere twenty-something--financed his film by working in China for a few years. When he returned to Seattle he was able to rent various equipment from Wiggly World and The Northwest Film Forum with the twenty grand he'd saved.
Perhaps what makes Fritz's film so different from your average independent project is his compulsion to work without a script. This way, the actors have the creative opportunity to take the film in the narrative direction it needs to go and Fritz, meanwhile, can concentrate on pure cinematics. This was apparent in the film as the dialogue between the actors was so genuinely whimsical that it's hard to imagine anyone could have scripted it so well. There were also many nice cinematic touches like stop-motion animation and the incorporation of super-8 home movies and audio from WTO demonstrations. . .
THE BLUE LOBSTER gives one a very
unique view of Seattle. The grainy black-and-white shots of The Pike Place Market
generate a third-world feeling. In the dot-com oasis Seattle has become, it feels
very humbling and secure. The market shots remind us that it is the true hub of
the city; it's so gritty and real.
Scenes include: The Money Was There Then and Get a Job (which screened as separate documentaries in at Rooftop Films in Brooklyn NY), Motorcycle and Sidecar, Power to the People, The Blue Lobster, and more.
"you repeatedly knock on doors.
. .at all hours of the day and night" (the Resident Manager)
Blue Lobster by mail, send $38 check to Fritz Donnelly, PO BOX 199, New York NY