Global warming has gotten so bad lately that it's reached a critical mass. Things are about to get ugly, and that ugliness actually has a name: Anthropocene. That's the official term geologists have come up with to dub our doomed epoch. Geologists can name things whatever they want, but it still seems like people just don't want to pay attention. Luckily, there's still one thing every person still pays attention to, and that is sharks. Even the brief mention of the water beast will send ocean-goers screaming and running to the beach.
Enter writer and director Steve Dildarian. Dildarian has—luckily for us and our environment—gone ahead and created a provocatively titled and shark-infested animated short film, I'm Going to Bite Someone. It works as a hilariously deadpan call to action for today's troubled times.
Perhaps best known for his cult HBO animated seriesThe Life & Times of Tim and his famous "Budweiser Lizards" advertising campaign, Dildarian is one of my favorite dark humorists. I'm Going to Bite Someone is no different. Functioning as a takedown of humanity's problems by way of a disgruntled shark (voiced by comedian Eddie Pepitone), the short has all of the best parts of Dildarian's humor. There are the absurdist asides, increasingly uncomfortable situations and, of course, the crude animation.
Most importantly though, the shark's are being used to capture our collective attention and make us care about things like the dumping trash of into the ocean and shark fin soup. It's time to stand up and listen to a shark's dissertation on Earth's problems. I mean, people turn crabs into cakes! That's plain evil.
If you loved the environmental message of that film, then check out Dildarian's other bizarre forays into what is ostensibly environmental filmmaking. Years ago he was commissioned by Keep America Beautiful to make probably the most pathetic superhero of all time named Keep America Beautiful Man. You'll love it and maybe learn a little.
Jeffrey Bowers is a tall mustached guy from Ohio who's seen too many weird movies. He currently lives in Brooklyn, working as a film curator. He's the senior curator for Vimeo's On Demand platform. He has also programmed at Tribeca Film Festival, Rooftop Films, and the Hamptons International Film Festival.