Directors Paul Thomas Anderson (“Boogie Nights”), Atom Egoyan (“The Sweet Hereafter””), and Harmony Korine (writer of “Kids”) screened their new experimental films Tuesday night in a show of short films and art installations at RET.INEVITABLE, a sprawling art event in Brooklyn that showcased cutting-edge music and cinema. David Byrne, actor/director Vincent Gallo, and techno artist Moby were among hundreds of downtown denizens who packed the catacombs beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Films were projected on 50-foot stone walls and ceilings, while DJs mixed beats to video collages of flashy graphics intercut with scenes from such flicks as “Rollerball” and “Clueless.” It was a night for young cinematic talent: The only trace of the Hollywood old guard was director Peter Bogdanovich’s cameo in a short film by Francis Ford Coppola’s daughter, Sofia.
The directors’ presentations veered from the inspired to the shocking. Egoyan’s “Peep Show” used double exposures and dramatic film tinting that made it hard to follow the action. Music-video director Spike Jonze earned cheers for his hilarious short, “How They Get There,” which showed how a harmless flirtation can end in a brutal car crash. Unfortunately, Anderson’s eagerly anticipated work, a short video called “Flagpole Special,” was ruined by an audio malfunction.
Todd Haynes (“Safe”), who recently won a Best Artistic Achievement award at Cannes for his new film about ’70s glam rock, “Velvet Goldmine,” created an installation called “Domestic Violence,” in which viewers sat on a homey living-room set and watched videos of babies and cuddly dogs acting to the dialogue of “Natural Born Killers” and “A Clockwork Orange.” Korine, who repulsed many critics with last year’s “Gummo,” showed he has not mellowed. His installation, “The Diary of Anne Frank (Part Two),” featured three screens, alternately depicting such unsettling visuals as a mentally handicapped man in a soiled diaper and someone burying a dead dog.