The Sundance Channel funded a series of very short films by Isabella Rossellini that were just released on the web this week. In the series of web films, so cleverly titled "Green Porno", Rossellini dresses up and acts out sex. Lots and lots of sex.
Well, insect sex, anyways. Or, more specifically, insect mating.
In each film, Rossellini dresses up as a male bug and acts out the rituals of the birds and the...well...you know...that insects follow to reproduce. So far, she's become an earthworm, a spider, a dragonfly, a bee, a fly, a snail, a firefly and a praying mantis (in which she does get her head bitten off).
Rossellini starts each segment with "If I were a..." and proceeds to use cardboard props and fun, colorful outfits to "do the deed", as it were. Each film is brutally honest and doesn't hold back - if a bug eats it's victims, is a hermaphrodite or has its genitalia on its feet, its in the film. The colorful, fun outfits combined with the filthy subject matter makes these shorts pretty comical.
But each (barely) 2-minute film has a childlike innocence to it. It's like a 4-year-old asking where babies come from and a nervous-yet-honest parent giving the most truthful answer possible. Plus, it's actually pretty informative. I always wondered why a firefly's ass glowed.
But it's also interesting because these are the first independent films made for the internet and, more specifically, small screens like cell phones and iPods. Each movie is short enough and visually simple enough to comfortably accomodate the small screen. Cool!