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Let’s all agree that Dave Eggers can come off as pretentious. And let’s agree his 2002 novel, You Shall Know Our Velocity, could have used an editor. That said, Eggers does help put out a nice combination of sharp writing, novelty guides and provocative illustrations through McSweeney’s publishing house. Wholphin, the DVD magazine he and co-founder Brent Hoff designed to give exposure to rarely seen short films, is one of those publications.
Big Sky will show several of the Wholphin documentaries during this year’s program. Though they’re not sure yet which ones will show up, the collection has featured films in the past by favorites like Spike Jonze, and covered subjects such as Al Gore’s failed 2000 bid for re-election, Maurice Sendak talking about going to the World’s Fair, and Major League pitcher Doc Ellis’ 1970 no-hitter while high on LSD.
Wolphin documentaries screen Fri., Feb. 22, at 5:45 PM at the Crystal Theatre, and Sat., Feb. 23, at 11:30 AM at the Wilma.