Here’s a bit of embarrassment from the past: my student film from 1994.
Shot and edited on 8mm, E Pluribus Murder is a fairly crummy work all around, hastily planned and poorly lit, but I must admit it had no problem achieving its main goal: to counter my classmates’ pretentious experimental fare with something that made us giggle, never mind the art. (There’s a bit near the end – you’ll know it when you see it – that’s a direct parody of another student’s work. He did not appreciate the tribute. His loss1.)
I still like some of the jokes, especially the opening shot’s reveal of the “big crowd” and the bit about what’s in the Pope’s hat. (The casting of a female Pope, meant entirely as an apolitical lark, was probably the best idea.) But then there are gags like the spy’s name that make me cringe every time. I shoulda known better.
E Pluribus Murder was transferred to VHS in 1995, then to digital in 2010. And now it’s online, because why not. Enjoy.
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