Hooper's first feature is an invigorating $40,000 Austin "hippie movie" full of period editing and effects. The skillful use of sound and naturalistic/documentary performance foreshadows some of the strengths of TCM, as well as appearances by Allen Danziger & Kim Henkel.
It's kind of hard to describe or rate Eggshells... It's rather abstract, and I surely would not recommend it to someone looking for a good story. However, I really appreciate this film. It's more of an experience, the feel, the music... It gives an opportunity to experience 1969, Austin, Texas. Amazing time, interesting people and location. I'm glad I watched it.
The still gives off a misleading sci-if air, I wouldn't have chosen that. It is a fascinating artefact. Only the girls seem remotely hippy-ish, the men seem on the make as always! Loved the all out psychedelia and phantasy interludes, brilliant camera work and editing.
Watchmaker Films is distributing EGGSHELLS. We are getting ready to launch the film and it will be on Mubi later this year. Blu-ray and DVD will follow in the early part of 2011. I will ask the Mubi team if they might like to start with Tobe's short film, THE HEISTERS and if so we can post that very soon.
Doing something bizarre is easy to think at if you train it or if you feel like it, but doing something absolutely bizarre and not miss a single shot is a real aim. This film is so true to itself, so creative, so well executed you cant' understand how it has been possible for such a little budget. Amazing.