VIFF 2014: Emergency/Response a clever collection of shorts

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      Emergency/Response (Canada)  

      A couple of highlights in this shorts collection are the stop-motion “Kreb”—a Quay Brothers–like look at a bizarre factory run by distorted baby dolls and monsters—and “The Hearing”, in which we listen to a First Nations teen speak about his sense of being deaf and different. The dramatic standout is “Pour Retourner”, from a Vancouverite with the unlikely name of Scooter Corkle. It stars the excellent Michael Rogers as a prison-trained chef who, upon release, finds it pretty damn hot in the kitchen.

      International Village, October 2 (8:30 p.m.); Vancity, October 10 (12 p.m.)