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Western Wild (Martha Colburn, 2018)
Western Wild...

Western Wild...or how I found Wanderlust and met Old Shatterhand

'Western Wild...or how I found Wanderlust and met Old Shatterhand' is a densely textured documentary about a film-maker making a film about the famed German author Karl May.  The film weaves through a mixture of stop motion animation, found footage and interviews that itself is enough to generate sensory Wanderlust. But fusing this lush procession into critical coherency is the narration.  Analytical yet intimate, the narration sews all the make believe worlds; crime and injustice; writing and animating together to give a clear illustration of the creative but turbulent vortex at the center this perennial will for escape. By examining May's infatuation for 'Wanderlust' as a means of escaping the trappings or rural Imperial Germany; and the influence this had on the trajectory of his life, the film-maker dually  maps their own parallel trajectory back to the childhood yearning to escape the trappings of growing up in the rural Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania with it's guns, more guns, and well... The film skillfully weaves through a mixture of stop motion animation, found footage and interviews that itself is enough to generate sensory Wanderlust.  
But fusing this lush procession into critical coherency is the narration.  Analytical yet intimate, the narration sews all the make believe worlds;
crime and injustice; writing and animating together to give a clear illustration of the creative but turbulent vortex at the center this perennial will for escape.

 
9' / DCP / color

Genre: experimental
Original filmtitle: Western Wild...or how I found Wanderlust and met Old Shatterhand
Producer: Martha Colburn
Scenario: Martha Colburn
Language: English
Completed: 2018

Martha Colburn: (selection, all short) First Film in X-tro (1994), Feature Presentation (1994), Acrophobic Babies (1994), Improv. Spazz (1995), Asthma (1995), I'm Gonna (1996), I Can't Keep Up (1997), Persecution in Paradise (1997), J&J Live (1997), Evil of Dracula (1997), Spiders in Love: An Arachnogasmic Musical (1999), Big Bug Attack (2001), Cat's Amore (2002), Skellehellavision (2002), Secrets of Mexuality (2003), A Little Duch Trill (2003), XXX Amsterdam (2004), Cosmetic Emergency (2005), Waschdrang Mama (2006), Wrong Time Capsule (2006), Meet Me in Wichita (2006), Destiny Manifesto (2006), Don't Kill the Weatherman! (2007), Myth Labs (2009), One and One Is Life (2009), Join the Freedom Force (2009), Triumph of the Wild (2010), DOLLS VS. DICTATORS (2010), Metamorfoza (2014), Day of the Dutch (2015)

Distributor: EYE Experimental
Ph: +31 20 589 1446
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Festival Selections: International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
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