Maybe you missed it in during pre-holiday stress or post-holiday hibernation (as I did), but New York Magazine has a great interview with Charlie Kaufman, the writer of such eccentric films as "Being John Malkovich" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," in which the filmmaker lauds a product of Baltimore weird: "Unedited Footage of a Bear."
During an exchange about the supposed "golden age of television" we are now experiencing, Kaufman points to "Bear," the faux allergy-medicine commercial made by AB Video Solutions, the local studio from Wham City members Alan Resnick, Cricket Arrison, Dina Kelberman, Ben O'Brien, and Robby Rackleff, as a great example of boundary-pushing TV.
Here's the excerpt:
"Do you ever watch any of those really out-there Adult Swim shows?
You know what things I like on Adult Swim at night? Those infomercial things that they do. I just think some of those are amazing. I love the one for the allergy medicine. Did you see that one?
Oh, you've got to see this one. It's really good. It starts out as a nature documentary about bears, and then it goes to commercial, and the commercial is just for some allergy medicine . . . I won't even tell you what it does. I won't do it justice if I [do]. But it's just this really horrifying, really well-done surreal nightmare. I've always loved things that purport to be one thing but turn into something else."
Seeing as it was City Paper's Best Video of 2015, we'd agree. But it's a bit cooler to hear it coming from a big-deal out-there artist such as Kaufman, who is currently doing promo for his latest release, "Anomalisa," a love story told using puppets and stop-motion animation.