Tucker Dryden

Filmmaker Tucker Dryden got into film because it “just seemed like the most natural approach, probably since you have the ability to tell your stories in many different ways and can convey your message without actually having to come right out and say it.  That, and I cannot draw.”  Tucker will be making his first (hopefully of many) appearance at Patrick’s Cabaret this weekend, showing his work “TV/VCR,” the story of two guys who set out to replace their broken TV/VCR combo with one off of Craigslist.  “TV/VCR” is the longest short in a series originally created out of a desire to tell several different stories about the main characters, but with different people playing them each time.  This particular short has actually been sitting on the shelf for quite some time, so it’s great that it’ll finally get an audience!

I’ll leave you with some more words of wisdom from Tucker: “No matter how much praise you can get for a short film, you’ll still get kicked out of a party intended for Randy Quaid.”

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Anat Shinar

Anat Shinar has performed at Patrick’s Cabaret many times in the past, beginning in 2003 with Kats Fukasawa, but this weekend is the first time presenting her own work. She is an accomplished dancer and choreographer, having received two Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program grants for her research and choreography on the performance of genocide, how “genocide is represented in art, all kinds of art, theater, dance, film, sculpture, painting and music… how art is used to teach the Holocaust and used to evoke and convey more than just it’s written history.” Focusing on her family’s experiences, she made a 30 minute piece telling their story during the Holocaust, “intermingled stories of those who survived and those you didn’t.”   

A lot of self-reflection was involved in the creative process for this weekend’s piece.  “I spent a lot of time journaling about what it means to me to be an artist, why I want people to see my work and what I want to show them.  I spent time thinking about what it means to looked at, why I want to be looked at and what i want the audience to see.  Some questions I could answer and some I couldn’t.  I took those notes and started making movement from it.” The final product, she hopes, will evoke self-relfection of their own in the audience members.