Media Arts Program

Saturday, November 4, 2000


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COULD BE WORSE! (Zack Stratis, USA, 2000, 90min, video) Presented in person by Zack Stratis.

Brilliantly audacious, this is a must-see important new work. Director Zachary Stratis decided to tell the story of his being an out gay man and his sometimes rocky relationship with his more conservative Greek- American family as a "mockumentary," a pseudo-documentary where the whole thing is pretty much scripted. The two truly amazing things are that he cast his actual family, not actors, playing themselves, and it's a musical, with full out song and dance numbers. Mixing rock-and-roll, Greek bouzouki music and Broadway-style ballads, the eclectic musical numbers exude a sort of rough-hewn poetry (albeit sometimes off-key) that's a joy to behold. Beginning with the very first frame, this surreal, goofy, startling work will pull you in and never cease to surprise you.

Zack Stratis is a filmmaker based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a CINE Eagle Award and Best Documentary at the Humboldt International film Festival. Could Be Worse! was an official selection at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.