An abstracted narrative examining
routine through movement. The film vivaciously alludes to the unceasing passage of time.
Written By: Damyon Meyers
Directed By: Damyon Meyers
Like most abstract film, "Dancing Queen" is hard to accurately attempt to finger out with an specific rating. My thoughts and feelings may not hold a candle to your own which in itself, is what makes an art film an art film. Some will love and some will not. It's the nature of the beast. So, with that written let me just go with my gut and press on. Damyon Meyers has created an interesting abstract video set to music. A girl dancing, a Hoola-Hoop and some images that were probably just cool looking items already on location. The one thing I did notice however, was that "Dancing Queen" did enable an emotion within me, although probably not the one intended. The description quotes the passage of time as the driving force behind this video... but for me, time was the last thing on my mind. Sure, I understood the meaning of the spinning horse and what-not, but it was very in my face, making me take a deeper look. That, in itself is a good thing. Looking for that other, deeper meaning opened my mind to other emotions. In the case of this short flick, that was a sense on unease; maybe even a little fear. No doubt exists in my mind that "Dancing Queen" comes across as strangely eerie, and that's a good thing.
Technically, "Dancing Queen" embodies the spirit of independent art house film. Maybe a little to much. The only in focus shots at all are of the objects spliced through-out the film. The lead actress always stays out of focus. Let's chalk that up to style and say it really does help with the vibe. The one thing that does not however, is the "racoon" look. The contrast is punched up to the max giving "Dancing Queen" a really amateur look. Art or not, I was not a fan of the visuals. Still... everything was pieced together in such a nice way that the visual style and colors actually did work, for the most part, leaving me conflicted about my thoughts and feelings in general. As I wrote above, this write-up is not flowing easily.
So let's break it down. From a visual standpoint alone there is no reason I should have liked this short at all. The amazing thing here is that I did. Damyon Meyers has created a piece that is much more than a screen grab or even of first impressions. I watched three times! Something in the way this was put together, or maybe just the camera catching a feeling I can't quite explain pulls "Dancing Queen" from the abyss. You really do feel something as you watch your screen, and for that alone I was glad to have been given a look. An indie film doesn't need to be technically perfect to be something to watch for. "Dancing Queen" is full of that unknown quality that makes a piece interesting. For that... Bravo.
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