Detalles: Experimental short that revolves around a troubled young couple. Idea: Children in an isolated village outside of Havana find their creativity sparked by the arrival of documentary filmmakers in this nonfiction piece. Coyula coaches the youngsters philosophically in storytelling and technically in filmmaking, and suddenly a font of inspiration wells up, centering around a dark cave near the edge of town. Bailar sobre agujas: A young couple's dealings with a sinister older man bring out repressed emotions and feelings from all parties in this dense, unsettling, yet stylized award-winning short. Buena onda: A fragile, skittish young woman one day finds an odd instrument that crash-lands out of the sky. She uses it to make unearthly music and unusual art, much to the chagrin of the callous, callow friends and family around her. Finally, driven too far by her slacker brother's friends and disengaged from her family, she lashes out in a sudden burst of ultra-violence. Ajuares: Art video about the work of Cuban artist and sculptor Jacqueline Maggi. Clase Z "Tropical": Parody of Hollywood's action independent films dramatizing the typical trailer of a post Tarantino B-movie.
Detalles (3 min.) Idea (15 min.) Bailar sobre agujas (15 min.) Buena onda (11 min.) Cineplaza '99 (39 sec.) Ajuares (1 min.) Cineplaza '00 (34 sec.) Clase Z "Tropical" (6 min.).
Detalles (Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión, 1998): Lourdes Maydel Ojeda (woman), Marta Rodriguez (mother), Narud Rodriguez (man). Bailar sobre agujas (Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión / Pirámide, 1999): Yanet Bernando (young woman), Jorge Alí (older man), Arturo Mora (young boyfriend). Buena onda (Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión, 1999): Yanet Bernando (Yanet), Rigoberto Ferrera (Robin), Blanca Rosa Blanco (Psychologist), Ivan Botello (Robin's friend), Heber Milian (Robin's friend), Ariadna del Carmen (Robin's girlfriend), Maria Delfina Garcia (Mother), Osvaldo Perez (Father). Clase Z "Tropical" (Pirámide, 2000): Mayra Rojas (Adriana Gonzales), Miguel Castillo (The Madman), Romel Orta (Adriana's boyfriend), Heber Milian (Private eye), Alejandro Álvarez (Reporter).
Producer, director, writer, composer, art director: Miguel Coyula. "Idea": Written by Miguel Coyula and Ayaibex Montas, directed by Miguel Coyula. "Bailar": Written by Cristiane Pederiva.
Before his first feature, "Red Cockroaches," Coyula directed about a dozen shorts in his native Cuba. Here are five controversial award-wining shorts that push genre conventions in their avant-garde nature. From a kinetic hand-held documentary (Idea), to a highly stylized, dense experimental piece (Bailar sobre agujas) or an action-packed B-movie trailer parody (Clase Z), whether shot on a VHS camcorder or 35mm, horror, action, dark humor, and/or existentialism permeate the work of this iconoclast Cuban filmmaker. This DVD also contains three commercials Coyula directed for Cuban TV. At head of index screen: "In chronological order." Special features include: "Class Z" posters, interview with Miguel Coyula (11 min.), "Red cockroaches" trailer (2 min.).