Maybe you missed it in during pre-holiday stress or post-holiday hibernation (as I did), but New York Magazine has a great interview with Charlie Kaufman, the writer of such eccentric films as "Being John Malkovich" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," in which the filmmaker lauds a product of Baltimore weird: "Unedited Footage of a Bear."
During an exchange about the supposed "golden age of television" we are now experiencing, Kaufman points to "Bear," the faux allergy-medicine commercial made by AB Video Solutions, the local studio from Wham City members Alan Resnick, Cricket Arrison, Dina Kelberman, Ben O'Brien, and Robby Rackleff, as a great example of boundary-pushing TV.
Here's the excerpt:
"Do you ever watch any of those really out-there Adult Swim shows?
You know what things I like on Adult Swim at night? Those infomercial things that they do. I just think some of those are amazing. I love the one for the allergy medicine. Did you see that one?
Oh, you've got to see this one. It's really good. It starts out as a nature documentary about bears, and then it goes to commercial, and the commercial is just for some allergy medicine . . . I won't even tell you what it does. I won't do it justice if I [do]. But it's just this really horrifying, really well-done surreal nightmare. I've always loved things that purport to be one thing but turn into something else."