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Short Film: Captain Fork

15 January 2012 9:30 PM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Father not only doesn’t know best, he wants to commit the worst: Kill his only son in G.J. Echternkamp‘s sick short film Captain Fork. Can humor be mined from a selfish single daddy having dreams of infanticide? Echternkamp happily trots along the cliff of “good” bad taste without falling over in this slick, well-executed — and hilarious — short movie.

What makes Captain Fork extra intriguing is that Echternkamp previously directed an autobiographical documentary that chronicled his own personal paternal issues. Frank & Cindy detailed the director’s unusual home life where his father figure was a washed up rock star.

Certainly, one doesn’t want to compare the genial, kind-hearted Frank to the monster in Captain Fork, but it’s hard not to wonder if some issues of parental abandonment didn’t inform the initial genesis of the short comedy, whether or not Echternkamp is aware of it.

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- Mike Everleth

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