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Fever Dreams and Heavenly Nightmares: The Short Films of Chel White (2006)

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Studio: Microcinema
Genre: Independent, Short Films, Animation
Running Time: 60 min.

Fever Dreams and Heavenly Nightmares is the long awaited DVD compilation of independent filmmaker Chel White's visionary work. Spanning 20 years, this collection is an hours worth of award-winning short films, astonishing animation, and more.

From a story about a man who is obsessed with soil to an expressionistic choreography of photocopied bodies, Chel White's films defy easy categorization. Exploring love, obsession, memories and dreams, his work is sublime and intricately beautiful. Chel is often describes as a cinematic poet, and many of his films have a darkly humorous edge to them. The Austin Chronicle says, "Chel White's work seems to dispatch itself in some secret, subversive code, flashing messages amid animation, obscure stock footage, and actors with crazy eyes."

The Fever Dreams and Heavenly Nightmares disk features Magda, Dirt, and Soulmate, three adaptations of stories by long-time monologist and radio artist Joe Frank.

Fresh from its run of over 50 film festivals, Magda is a tale of a young man who joins a traveling circus after falling in love with the enigmatic contortionist. The film's actors are wooden literally. Using pose-able artist manikins in stop motion animation, the film has a surprising emotional depth. To date, Magda has collected several first place awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Animated Short from the Florida Film Festival. The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival describes Magda as a "truly astounding short film".

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