After spending the majority of the week fighting a terrible cold, this Sundance short, created for the New York Times Op-Doc series, brought a huge warm smile to my face. In fact it made me eager to seek out more materials by animator and illustrator Drew Christie. The short effectively explores the role replication and appropriation has played in the history of the artistic landscape. It is a brilliant piece that makes you both laugh and think. Allergy to Originality is a truly original and inventive short, but you probably already knew that from Wikipedia…trust me this point will make more sense once you see the film.
Allergy to Originality
Director: Drew Christie / USA/ 2013/ 5 Minutes
Published by Courtney Small
The founder of Cinema Axis, Courtney is a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic who can frequently be heard discussing film as co-host of Frameline on Radio Regent. Courtney has contributed to several publications including Leonard Maltin, That Shelf, POV Magazine, In the Seats, Black Girl Nerds, and Comix Asylum. He has appeared on ET Canada and Hollywood Suite's Cinema A to Z. Courtney celebrates diversity in cinema as host of the Changing Reels podcast and is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association, the Online Film Critics Society, and the African American Film Critics Association. He is also a Golden Globes International Voter.
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