Directed & produced by Lawrence Gise, Dietmar Post, David Patrick White, Leslie Hucko,
Matthew Bezanis, Hsia-Huey Wu.
Bowl of Oatmeal was the final project, a group work, done by six students during an eleven-week intensive film course at New York University,
which has become a classic of American underground cinema.
"A lonely man on the brink of emotional desolation talks to his Oatmeal."
"Bowl of Oatmeal is about a seriously disturbed loner who imagines (?) that his only friend is his talking bowl of oatmeal. When the guy begins to unhealthily obsess over what he can do with meat, a rift is driven between them. In tone and thematics, the absurd, pathetic alienation and insanity of this story brings "Eraserhead" to mind, but it's definitely it's own beast.
"Bowl of Oatmeal,
a rare group effort led by Dietmar Post, is the tale of a hermit in
the throes of a nervous breakdown who receives advice from a sly, articulate
bowl of oatmeal with a Bostonian accent."
Michael Simmons, L.A. Weekly
people who hate making decisions will take advice from just about anywhere
... mail-order evangelists, psychics, politicians, breakfast food. A
morbidly fascinating look at the effect two of the major food groups
have on a lonely man's life."
Chicago Underground Film Festival
lonely man on the brink of emotional desolation begins to hear voices
emanating from his breakfast cereal, guiding him to get a hobby. Against
his oatmeal's better judgment, he takes on a new pastime involving stolen
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ever thought a conversation with a bowl of oatmeal would make for intriguing
cinema? Bowl of Oatmeal is the story of a paranoid shut-in who
tries to take advice from his kvetching breakfast. The camera work is
basic, but the dry humor of the script keeps things moving."
Neil Gladstone, Philadelphia City Paper
and strangely compelling."
Pietro González, a well known American-Chilean actor from New
York with a long trajectory in theater, has recently appeared in Sydney
Pollack's "The Interpreter", with Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman.
Pietro could also recently be seen in the play "Severity of a Tyrant's
Tale" from Vargas Llosa, at the Spanish Repertory Theater in New
York. The New York Times wrote:
"Pietro González (an actor who looks disconcertingly
like a diminutive Mikhail Gorbachev) plays Joaquín Balaguer,
Trujillo's longtime second-in-command and powerful successor with the
craft of a master plotter awaiting his chance."
(New York Times, Bruce Weber, March 11, 2003).
UFVA Student Film and Video Festival in Philadelphia (USA), 1996; 10th
Stuttgart Filmwinter (Germany), 1997; 4th New York Underground Film
Festival (USA), 1997; Philadelphia Underground Film Festival (USA),
1997; 4th Hollywood Underground Forum (USA), 1997 ; 4th Chicago Underground
Film Festival (USA), 1997; 2nd 1 Reel Film Festival-The Seattle Arts
Festival (USA), 1997; 15th Central Florida Film and Video Festival (USA),
1997; Festival Internacional Valdivia Cine & Video (Chile), 1997;
Cultureel centrum't Paard in The Hague (Netherlands), 1997; Taboo Film
Festival Amsterdam (Netherlands), 1997; Circles of Confusion-3rd World
Wide Film&Video Festival Berlin (Germany), 1997; 5th Chicago Underground
Film Festival (USA), 1998 (together with CLOVEN HOOFED); Ohio Independent
Film Festival (Cleveland, USA), 1998 (together with CLOVEN HOOFED);
Interfilm - 14. Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Berlin (Germany), 1998;
12th Espoo Cine International Film Festival (Espoo/Helsinki, Finland),
2001; 2. Pornfilmfestival
Berlin (Germany), 2007; hofHaus Short Film Festival (Germany), 2007
Winner of the Director's Choice Award at the UFVA Student F&V
Festival in Philadelphia, 1996; 3rd Winner of the Audience Award "eject"
at 14.International Kurzfilmfestival Berlin (Germany), 1998.
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