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124 Ratings

Indefinite Pitch

United States, 2016
Short, Drama


A pathetic movie pitch set in Berlin slips into the murkiness of memory and into histories best forgotten or purposely ignored.

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Indefinite Pitch Directed by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
At once the simplest and most labyrinthine experimental short of 2016, this nearly unclassifiable first-person essay by New York’s James N. Kienitz Wilkins is a high-wire act of precarious narrative choices and formal economy.
December 25, 2016
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This American film rides a bristling, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes hilarious line of irony in its affectation of being—or at least starting as—a “pitch” to make a Hollywood film, a pitch made up of Wilkins’ dry narration setting the scene in Berlin, New Hampshire and accompanied by black and white photographs of what is claimed to be the Androscoggin River.
November 23, 2016
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It’s the kind of conceit that would be deadly at two minutes, but somehow works because it goes on for so long, its endless monologue helpfully including a discussion about frame rates, DCP, and how digital has changed the notion of what we term and perceive as “film.” “Indefinite” need not mean unsure, and Wilkins’s confidence makes all the difference.
October 14, 2016
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