Men Seeking Women (2007) by Penny Lane

Men Seeking Women, Penny Lane, 2007, 4 min, video
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Men seeking women … we know what that means … it means men seeking women.

This four-minute short film by Penny Lane, a New York state-based filmmaker, is an amalgamation of animated found still images and the transcriptions of Craiglist personals, which are verbalized by the machine-driven voicing of a text-to-speech CPU microprocessor unit.

Now of course there is Mr. Macintosh, the voice that appears with a simple ⌘ key swipe, with customizable dictions — which range from Princess to Pipe Organ — but the voicing entities in Penny Lane’s piece are somewhat more advanced — they have a face, a body, and they move, and they have freakish eyes. Moreover, a vast array of dialects, programmed by a master dialectician. I think the first dialect is Scottish, but I’m not quite sure.

Craig’s List is always a hoot. It’s a dichotomy: some personals are utterly sincere, some personals are utterly uncouth, but the multitude of personals is creeps seeking debauchery.

I enjoy the personal in this video that mentions payment for people to watch movies at his house — but, ‘‘don’t touch me, just watch the movie.’’

Made in America. I love America.

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