“The wacky adventures of a 17-year-old sex slave.”
SARAH WEIS AND ARTURO CUBACUB, 2006, VIDEO, 36 minutes
B-17: A Mini Epic (2006) is the candy-coated collaboration from Chicago-based i3Hypermedia duo of Sarah Weis and Arturo Cubacub, a filmic adaptation based on a performance piece by Sarah Weis. B-17 has screened at the 2007 Melbourne Underground Film Festival, the 2007 Boston Underground Film Festival, and has stirred some controversy on the internet. Perhaps this is related to premise of the film: “Sarah and Yumi are top-secret sex-slaves for a high-ranking government official.”
Here is a jocular and kooky film carried by the delightful performance of Sarah Weis; her bubbly alacrity and keen improvisation breezes fresh air through an otherwise cramped cabin fever dialogue between the protagonist, Sarah (Sarah Weis), and her cellmate, Yumi, a talking Japanese doll.
Surprisingly, this 35-minute short film adheres to a coherent three-act story structure and to the universal archetypal theme of Love Wins, climaxing with a fairy-tale magical kiss between Sarah and Yumi, transforming the talking Yumi doll into a lovely girl. The long kiss continues and so does the story.
B-17: A Mini Epic is a feverish maelstrom of sex, kinky politics and toys, a thoughtful performance piece that subverts the “war on terror,” and confronts the arguably unconstitutional issues of homeland surveillance by way of the Patriot Act. This is an artful protest that slaps silly and casts away the fear mongers, by means of a film about sex toys, valor, and love. An underground film delight, with a somewhat kitsch Disney Land ending, a lovely tale of escapism and emancipation. Love Wins, open up your pores and let it in.