JAMES DUESING, ©1983, 5 Min. 16mm Color
IMPETIGO is the story of passion and possession in a steamy nocturnal landscape. The title is a reference to the poem A Man All Grown Up is Supposed To, by Terry Stokes. The characters: Zeke, an inhibited birdlike creature, Flake, a post-industrialist robot and Fish, a fish, live in a barren tract amidst surveillance and entrapment. Their main concerns are lust and what to do on weekends.
IMPETIGO uses the theme of television warped reality. Here, once home from work, Zeke (our main character) sheds his overcoat to reveal an anthropomorphic bird-like creature. His swetheart, Fish lives – where else?- in an aquarium and would like nothing better than to go see a movie tonight. Flake, Zeke’s pal, takes a walk and commiserates: What to do with his spare time? The dialogue is straight from televisionland, though as it is spoken by these odd fantasy characters, the absurdities of such a bankrupt language reverberate even louder.
– New York Filmmakers Exposition Juror
IMPETIGO has something to say about relationships, but in a totally surprising, disarming manner. It is a visually charming and emotionally pleasing moment that’s over too soon.
– Elfrieda Pantoga Milwaukee Sentinel