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Take 5 with “Alfred Jarry & ‘Pataphysics”

We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Skizz Cyzyk, Director of Alfred Jarry & ‘Pataphysics. This film will be screening Friday, Feb. 7 at 12:30 p.m. and
Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m.

#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.

I took a short oral report on French writer, Alfred Jarry, and turned it into a 2 minute animated film. It only takes two minutes to watch, during which you’re bound to learn something and hopefully be entertained.

#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?

The best part was the time I got to spend with my all-volunteer cast and crew. The biggest lesson learned was you can only expect so much from an all-volunteer cast and crew. I now know to be more sympathetic the next time I ask Charles Brohawn from The Tinklers to change his shirt 604 times over the course of 4 shoots. His armpits were callused by the time we were finished.

#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?

I started making films in 1983. I’ve made plenty of animation, experimental, documentary, and music video shorts, and some narrative projects. I’m currently editing my third feature length documentary.

#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?

There is a subliminal message in my film telling the audience to send me money. I figured I would point that out in case anyone misses it.

#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?

My film is an excerpt from a feature length documentary I’m currently editing. It’s called ICEPICK TO THE MOON, and I’ve been working on it since 1999. The subjects in ICEPICK were heavily influenced by Alfred Jarry, so I needed an interesting way to explain who Jarry was. I hope to finish ICEPICK within a year, but of course, I’ve been hoping that for several years now.

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