The Late Show
USA, 2009, 100 minutes
Sat, May 2 / 11:00 / Kabuki / IMMA02K
Wed, May 6 / 3:30 / Kabuki / IMMA06K
David Russo’s witty and imaginative film debut explores key issues of today, including corporate malfeasance, the search for religion and, of course, male pregnancy. Dizzle’s protagonist is Dory (Marshall Allmann), a toiler in the world of data, who processes useless information about necrotic kitten kidneys as he looks for life’s meaning. After getting fired, he joins the ranks of Spiffy Jiffy, a ragtag bunch of stoner janitors led by Oliver (Vince Vieluf) who dreams of attending art school. One of the offices within Spiffy Jiffy’s purview is a market research firm, which happens to be testing a batch of self-heating “oven fresh” cookies. Dory and his fellow sweepers sample the product, become addicted and are soon experiencing some comical but worrisome side effects. When these include giving birth to semi-animate beings, Russo’s film takes on additional hilarity and weight. For beyond all the toilet humor and ribald observations about men’s fears of their own bodies, Little Dizzle is basically an affirmation of the miraculous, a message of hope tucked inside in a bottle of despair and alienation. As Dory wends his way through a multitude of belief systems—conveyed by a variety of witty T-shirts—and Oliver gets his shot at artistic stardom, the film suggests that meaning and fulfillment arise in surprising ways. Incorporating Russo’s prize-winning animation techniques—and a bravura sequence by Dutch animator Rosto—The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is a fable about creation, scurrilous and scatological, but also deeply felt and passionately rendered.
West Coast Premiere.