3.5 chiles

Santa Fe’s Jon Moritsugu and Amy Davis celebrate the bizarre with complete self-assuredness. Their latest feature, Pig Death Machine, helped net them the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Chicago Underground Film Festival. It’s difficult to describe exactly what happens in the film, not because the plot is particularly complex but because of the distracting complexity of sound and visuals. Ostensibly, the film centers on two disconnected ladies (Davis and Hannah Levbarg) who consume parasitical pork and suffer the consequences. This trash fable captures Santa Fe’s truly odd ambience, meaning locales and characters are portrayed with an honesty possessing a strange combination of novelty and familiarity. Not rated. 82 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe.

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