A night of art, music, poetry and film at Rozz-Tox

Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2013, 12:52 pm
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By Jonathan Turner
An evening of art, music, poetry and film awaits visitors to Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island,
at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Patrick Delhougne, of St. Louis, will show the short film, "Dresser Drawer," which he wrote and produced and stars in. The 30-year-old created the four abstract paintings featured in the film, which will be displayed at Rozz-Tox on Saturday. His background also includes poetry, stand-up comedy and music.

"Dresser Drawer" -- a wordless, nine-minute film -- debuted on July 16 at the Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis, as an official selection of the 2013 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, an annual event presented by Cinema St. Louis.

"I was struck by the excellent use of music in the film. 'Dresser Drawer' is an intriguing puzzle piece of a movie," said Max Foizey, member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association.

Diane Carson -- another St. Louis film critic, past president of the University Film and Video Association, and adjunct professor of film studies at Webster University -- said of the three-character story: "An intriguing, symbolic study of a couple's broken relationship."

Mr. Delhougne is bringing the movie here partly because he's friends with Maureen Carter of Davenport's River Music Experience and member of the local folk-rock band, Busted Chandeliers. She and bandmate and Erin Moore will play music on Saturday, and their other "Busted" cohorts -- Marie Bertram and Amy Falvey -- will read poetry at Rozz-Tox.

"I was visiting the Quad-Cities three or four months ago, visited Rozz-Tox, and it struck me as a beautiful place to do a screening, and incorporate the movie with artwork, music and poetry," Mr. Delhougne said.

"We wanted to create a well-rounded artistic experience," he said. "I think there's a misconception that film festivals and the Internet are the only ways to show short films. This provides one alternative, packaging our short film with poetry, art and live music creates a whole program, whole evening."

Quad City Arts recently bestowed Rozz-Tox with a Community Impact Award: "A business that has offered significant creative, innovative, technical and/or financial support to one or more arts organizations in the Quad Cities throughout the past year." Rozz-Tox has hosted hundreds of music shows, poetry readings, film screenings and art exhibitions.

Mr. Delhougne's spray-painted artworks are each 40 by 48 inches. In "Dresser Drawer" (a key plot point hinges on a dresser missing a drawer), he plays a lead character "haunted by this memory of love. That memory can be interpreted in several ways, whether real or imagined," he said.

He wrote his first film free of dialogue to allow itself "to have many different interpretations. The film asks something of the viewer, makes them think," Mr. Delhougne -- who works in the development department for the St. Louis Area Food Bank -- said.

"Dresser Drawer" features the debut film score of Ian Walsh and Kevin Buckley, St. Louis-based fiddler players and multi-instrumentalists who specialize in Irish music.

"Music oftentimes in major motion pictures carries the emotional weight of the film," Mr. Delhougne said. "This not only does that, but helps the film move through different stages of a typical storyline."

The short film was directed by PJ Tamayo, a writer and graphic artist with a background in theme park, special venue and attraction design. His contributions have resulted in award-winning experiences across the globe, including the Dragon's Treasure and Virtual Aquarium shows for the Melco Crown Resort, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Ride.

He wrote and produced "A Light in the Darkness," a Star Wars fan film released in 2011 by Moondoggie Films that garnered several awards.

Admission to Saturday's event is $5.


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