Why Watch? There’s a lot going on in this short film from Lei Lei. Maybe too much. Not satisfied to use a singular rectangular space, the artist instead creates what looks like a Trapper Keeper explosion of different configurations and patterns. This Is Not a Time To Lie requires a wandering eye or multiple viewings.
Among the shapes that create transforming landscapes is a large-eyed hero who finds a sailboat and heads out on a trippy adventure. It’s surreal, yes, but there’s a structure at work both visually and in its poetic storytelling. There’s also an antique feel to the textures which Lei Lei uses — crafting a backdrop that resembles torn book pages and a foreground marked (and marred) by synthesized water marks and shadows.
What Will It Cost? About 3 minutes.