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Our third short-film festival crowns all new winners
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 21, 2008

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The Perimeter

Best Production: The Perimeter
Directed by Sarah Matzke


Sarah Matzke has a master's degree in special-effects make-up, and her husband, Christian, is a prop-tinkerer extraordinaire. No surprise, then, that their winning film, The Perimeter, is full of excellent examples of both — Sarah's zombies look bloody and gray; Christian's props (including a ray gun that appears to be constructed, at least in part, out of an old trombone) are somehow surreal and perfectly fit the film's dystopian setting. Originally filmed as an entry into Portland's 48 Hour Film Project (but disqualified because the team missed the deadline by three minutes), Matzke's film employs several talented local thespians (including this paper's theater reviewer, Megan Grumbling) to create a post-apocalyptic world in which anyone who ventures outside "the perimeter" is in danger of zombification, and those who are left behind can but wonder about their loved ones' fate. The scenes are washed in muted light, the original musical score builds ominously, and the total effect is an eerie suggestion of an alternate past, and future.

Watch the video: The Perimeter 

_Deirdre Fulton

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