Kassidi Salutes deadCENTER’S Shorts

Kassidi Growall


Eleanor Ambos Interiors

Possibly the oddest and most admirable lady in New York City, Eleanor Ambos knew from a young age that the hum drum, married with children norm was not for her. Born into the 1930s her determination helped her to find passion in refurnishing furniture and saving the bare bones of buildings about to be torn down and breathing into them a new run at life. An adorable and inspiring glimpse at her life, we see the success that her passion has led her to as the walls designed with her own personal touch house formal gatherings of the rich and famous, as well as fashion photo shoots and intimate portraits of those reigning illuminati status. My only complaint is that it’s not long enough.



A Shot in the Dark

This is an Okie short with sixty seconds full of intensity and puts you on edge of your seat from the get go. It left me constantly wanting to know what was going to happen, if the character was going to survive and how dark one could get within one minute of film. The ending is unexpectedly hilarious, and I continued to laugh about it all the way out of the theater. If you’re looking for more from directors Josh McKamie, Andy Swanson, they’re discussing a potential sequel to the short, and you can also find their hands in the genius involvement of Army of Frankensteins.


Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace

If you think classical portraits are boring, perhaps Kehinde can spice it up enough for you by making heroic portraiture meet the diverse culture roaming New York City’s streets. Always featuring men in his modern reinterpretations, the flourishing artist partners with Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to recreate the passionate fashion of the classical period by using the elegant ferocity of women. The results are absolutely breathtaking.


TRAILER | Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace from Canadian Art on Vimeo.


The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4

Awkward and adorable, Desmondo Ray puts it all out there reading note cards in a short dating tape. He introduces you to his job at the golf course, his home and his heartbroken father, as well as his own personal love and hates of life. The ending is touching and worth all three minutes.


The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4 from Steve Baker on Vimeo.


The Romantics

Truly the most classically and dramatically romantic film of deadCENTER film festival, Ryan Daniel Dobson and Kimberly Alexander pull off a brilliantly entertaining film displaying a competition for displaying the truest true love there ever was. I bet you’ll never guess who the winner is.

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