Feast your eyes on the offbeat picture on the left. What strange mind would devise a movie featuring a 300-pound man in a goldfish costume, riding a BMX bike in Roanoke County’s Green Hill Park?
Not exactly. The answer is my newspaper colleague Dwayne Yancey, who moonlights as a playwright/scriptwriter, and Hank Ebert, who’s a film director and videographer.
They’re cohorts in the production of the short film, “The Secret Lives of Goldfish,” which will make its world premiere Friday night (7 p.m.) at the Bike Shorts Film Festival 2013 (more here) at the Taubman Museum of Art.
This is the film festival’s third year. It’ll showcase 21 movies. Pretty much the only requirement is that they involve bikes — somehow.
From Dwayne’s blog:
The main thing you need to know about “The Secret Lives of Goldfish” is that it involves a goldfish riding a bicycle — our riff on the line about “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.”
I wrote the script; Hank Ebert was the director and videographer. Chad Snyder and Kevin McAlexander are the two goldfish (although only Chad appears on camera; Kevin is there in a voiceover.) Hank’s wife, Marianne, made the goldfish suit; my wife, Trina, made the headpiece. We did the outdoor filming in March in Green Hill Park in Roanoke County, then finished up with voiceovers in the studio in April.
(The fisherman in the picture just happened to be there, Dwayne told me.) The festival is juried, and there’s a People’s Choice Award, too. The winning filmmaker(s) gets $300 and a chance to compete in other film festivals.
Admission is $5. A cash bar and light refreshments are available beginning at 6 p.m; the screenings begin at 7 p.m. Organizer Jeremy Holmes notes that several of 21 films are rated PG-13 for language, so it’s probably unsuitable for little kids.
I can think of plenty of worse things to do on a Friday night. See you there?
(Updated to correctly reflect Hank Ebert’s occupation and the times, admission price, etc.)