Stop Killing Innocent Retarded Texans. That was the punchline delivered by John Bryant's morbid but hilarious "Oh My God" short, screened last night at the Royal as part of a leadup to October's RESFEST.
It was among a collection of 10 or so shorts ranging from music videos to animation and touching on themes like gay robots and lego cockfighting. My favourite of the bunch? Definitely Round 5 directed by Javier Aguilera from Toronto based Illegal Artists.
The only surprise of the night was that it wasn't a packed house. It was probably 75% full - not a bad showing to be sure - but smaller than the turnout these things get in places like San Francisco or LA. It's yet another indication to me that the city doesn't have that strong a community interested in and supportive of digital culture.
We'll see if there's pick up in October when the the main event comes back to Toronto for the third year in a row.
It's amazing how much RES has grown over the years. This year, screenings touch down in more than 40 cities worldwide, including first-ever stops in Vancouver and Montreal.
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