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The Patterns Trilogy + Other Short Films


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  • Actors: Jamie Travis
  • Directors: Jamie Travis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KimStim
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003C9VEVA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,110 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Jamie Travis's darkly ironic and stunningly designed comedies have established him as a filmmaker with a distinctive cinematic vision. An international festival favorite since his award-winning 2003 short Why the Anderson Children Didn't Come to Dinner, the young Canadian auteur often compared to David Lynch, Todd Solondz, Peter Greenaway and Wes Anderson is a talent to keep an eye on.

Zeitgeist/KimStim is proud to bring these critically acclaimed, yet criminally overlooked cinematic gems to DVD for the first time. This set compiles five of his most acclaimed shorts in one package.

The Patterns Trilogy (2005-2006): A woman waits by the phone. A man watches a teacup spin. Are they lovers? Yes, they are. Now let's watch them sing and dance. A gorgeously styled, fabulously poppy triptych, The Patterns Trilogy is a singularly epic musical-thriller/anti-romance.

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The Saddest Boy In The World (2006): Timothy Higgins is having his worst year ever. Always picked last for the team, this eight-year-old lives in a world of friendlessness, suburban complacency and prescription drugs. Now his ninth birthday party has arrived, and he prepares to upstage the musical chairs and birthday cake with a show-stopping suicide.

Why The Anderson Children Didn't Come To Dinner (2003): Travis's first award-winning short tells the gloriously surreal story of three seven-year-olds forced to endure their mother's culinary abuses. Anderson Children premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to play at over forty festivals worldwide, including South by Southwest and Slamdance. In 2004, the film made its US television debut on PBS's Independent Lens, hosted by Susan Sarandon; and on Canada's late-night CBC series ZeD. Deemed Sumptuously visualized and darkly hilarious by critics, Film Threat magazine voted it the No. 2 Short Film of 2004.

Review

A suspense thriller, a love story, a dreamscape and a musical extravaganza. Fantastic! --The Austin Chronicle

This highly quirky dysfunctional family saga feels like a missing Wes Anderson short. --IndieWire

On The Saddest Boy in the World: Just about the most hilarious representation of childhood depression ever chronicled on film. --The Oregonian

This highly quirky dysfunctional family saga feels like a missing Wes Anderson short. --IndieWire

On The Saddest Boy in the World: Just about the most hilarious representation of childhood depression ever chronicled on film. --The Oregonian

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By Berlinale on August 5, 2010
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I think the New York Times hit the mark when writing about this release: "Jamie Travis may be one of the most visually minded contemporary filmmakers you've never heard of. With passionate stories of suburban woe and obsession played out against surreal, hyperdesigned backdrops, Mr. Travis's films feel a bit like a mixture of work by David Lynch and Douglas Sirk."
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I was first introduced to Jamie Travis at a film festival where he gave a Q&A following Patterns 3. His style truly caught me off guard as it's a horribly depressing but I couldn't stop myself from laughing. Orchestrating a musical is impressive on its own but he also takes the time to obsess over every detail of the set design. If you're into short film production check out his one of his online and then buy this DVD.
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I saw one of the shorts on this dvd, The Saddest Little Boy In The World, at the San Francisco LGBTQQ film festival several years ago and loved it. I had been trying to find it online to no avail, and since I remembered nothing of the film other than the title I didn't have much to go on. Just a week ago I ran across a trailer on YouTube which led me to discover this collection of Jamie Travis' short films.

It was great to see The Saddest Little Boy In The World again, and I think it's my favorite short on this collection. That isn't to say I didn't appreciate the others as well. Why The Anderson Children Didn't Come To Dinner was so odd that I think I'll have to watch it a few more times to fully take it in. Ditto the Patterns trilogy.

Beyond the interesting characters and stories, I was also impressed by the visuals and music scores.

Hope to find Jamie Travis' other works on disc since, according to IMDb, he has directed another handful of films.
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By sudointellectual on January 14, 2012
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I JUST finished watching Patterns 3, and wow, what an ending to this series. The split-screen musical approach to seemingly deeply meditated quirkiness was marvelously satisfying. And that last scene... what a note to close on!

After watching the visually astounding Patterns 1 & 2 on MUBI.com, I found out the trilogy was available on DVD and immediately bought it, eagerly anticipated its arrival in the mail, then ecstatically viewed the films. The Patterns Trilogy was stylishly and disquietingly delightful, while The Saddest Boy in the World and Why the Anderson Children Didn't Come to Dinner were almost luridly, comically... lugubrious? All seem to exude an astounding attention to detail. To echo and expand upon comments you'll find on the DVD case, I'd describe the work in this collection being close to the outcome of David Lynch meets Wes Anderson meets Edward Gorey meets J. Crew, but decide for yourself! If you have high tolerance for ambiguity and/or a predilection for artsy/experimental film, it's worth venturing into the world of Jamie Travis.
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