“Wonderfully calls to mind both classic science fiction from the 1960s and the distinctive Robert Palmer videos of the 1980s.”
The vibe is rowdy and playfully surreal. Actors throw themselves around the stage with abandon, leaping into each other’s arms to kiss or fight. They convene for a strobe-lighted bacchanal (joined by a couple of saucy Easter bunnies).
Individually, the design elements of Daily Life Everlasting are as exciting and outrageous as the cast… Kaz PS’s projections are beautiful.
The actors’ faces are painted, and the effect is carnivalesque. So is the atmosphere. When the four-piece live band cranks up, and hallucinatory projections by Kaz PS fill the big screen above them, Mr. Torn launches into Pere Ubu songs like “Final Solution” and “Ubu Dance Party.”
“A poetically beautiful film…”
This feature article about 16mm short Jolly Friends Forever More was written by Culture Collective founder Jacob Devaney, and published in conjunction with the film’s online release on May 2, 2012.
Film foundation and production company Cinereach hosted its 4th annual “Reach Out” event Wednesday, marking the culmination of its 2011 Reach Film Fellowship for emerging filmmakers making “vital, artful short films.” Cinereach screened films by outgoing fellows Matt Bockelman (“You Have the Right to an Attorney”), Nick Paley (“Open House”), Kaz Phillips Safer (“Jolly Friends Forever More”) and Nancy Schwartzman.
The New York troupe Witness Relocation has teamed with the Gallic outfit Collective ildi ! eldi to execute Mee’s latest bricolage with gazelle-like grace and crisp End Times elan. Using dance, monologue, sketch, and audiovisual anarchy, Heaven on Earth treats the possibility of love, fun, and the deep essential silliness of being alive, even amid the collapse of civilization.