Fraud, at the Parkway starting Friday, is a fake documentary about the very real highs and lows of spending


"Fraud," at the Parkway starting Friday, is a fake documentary about the very real highs and lows of spending
  1. "Fraud," at the Parkway starting Friday, is a fake documentary about the very real highs and lows of spending
    citypaper.com
    For the first few minutes of "Fraud," it seems like we're in for an interminable assemblage of home movies from some boring-ass white family from the burbs. There's little actual dialogue or interaction between the father, the mother, or either of their two children here. Instead, there are…
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For the first few minutes of "Fraud," it seems like we're in for an interminable assemblage of home movies from some boring-ass white family from the burbs. There's little actual dialogue or interaction between the father, the mother, or either of their two children here. Instead, there are repeated scenes of comically overt, consumerist lust: TV commercials, online shopping, and excursions to the mall, all stitched together in five-second cuts from camcorder footage. At one point, the husband stands by filming while the wife opens up a new iPod Touch she's purchased, and both seemingly devolve into primates discovering fire for the first time.

It's all a little on the nose, until the family runs into debt and burns their house to the ground to reap insurance money and fund a cross-country shopping spree. Then it's an exercise excoriating the wanton cycle of capitalism and how it turns middle Americans into flesh-scratching junkies just fuckin' jonesing for the next thing to shell out cash for. But the message of Dean Fleischer-Camp's conceptual, semi-documentary isn't what's impressive or innovative here, rather it's the brilliant craft utilized by himself and editor Jonathan Rippon to create this oddly thrilling—and entirely fictional—narrative from whole cloth. 

The family in "Fraud" is real. The footage is legit, culled from over 100 hours of random videos uploaded to a YouTube channel over the course of several years discovered by Fleischer-Camp, and then Fleischer-Camp and Rippon spent an insane amount of time cherry picking just the right pieces of visual information to create this pseudo-caper flick. Unlike most home movies though, the footage of this family has a peculiar aesthetic: lots of close-ups and odd angles allowing for quick cuts resulting in a startling montage that suggests the structure of film grammar completely stripped of voice-over narration or any dialogue more complicated than remarking how good Old Bay-spiced french fries taste. 

At times, it's easy to think the entire thing is staged, especially when the young daughter sings a song with lyrics like "give me a million dollars, Facebook / I love you, Facebook, even if you're not a person." The cutting pattern and the oddball tone make it feel like an old Jo…

  1. Here's The Deal With That Glowing Orb — And Plenty Of Notes On What It Isn't

    Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    05.22 / 17:01 wypr.org
    It's pretty safe to say President Trump did a few attention-grabbing things this weekend on the first leg of his first foreign tour in office . He delivered an address to the leaders of Muslim-majority countries, for instance, and took part in a sword dance with Saudi leaders in Riyadh. As you might have heard, he also touched a glowing orb. At the gala inauguration of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology — an institution billed as a cooperative effort to confront extremism "…
  2. Virginia Shore residents protest offshore drilling

    Delmarvanow.com - Salisbury
    05.22 / 16:58 delmarvanow.com
    Around three dozen Eastern Shore of Virginia residents protested offshore drilling at Willis Wharf, Virginia on Saturday, May 20,…
  3. BEPAC hosts Preakness watch party fundraiser

    Cecildaily.com - Elkton
    05.22 / 16:49 cecildaily.com
    PERRYVILLE — In what has now become an annual tradition, more than 175 people packed into the Iron Master’s Mansion on Saturday night to watch the Preakness Stakes and raise funds for student pro…
  4. Firebugs toss 'Molotov cocktail' at Rising Sun-area home

    Cecildaily.com - Elkton
    05.22 / 16:49 cecildaily.com
    RISING SUN - Fire detectives are looking for leads after someone hurled a Molotov cocktail at a Rising Sun-area home over the weekend, setting the front porch ablaze, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's…
  5. Watershed Stewards install bio-swale at Lower Ferry Park

    Cecildaily.com - Elkton
    05.22 / 16:49 cecildaily.com
    PERRYVILLE — After spreading out a generous amount of dark brown mulch, volunteers from Cecil County's Watershed Stewards Academy got busy planting native grasses in the bio-swale in Lower Ferry Park last w…
  6. Fs and Ds On Balitmore’s ‘Healthy Harbor Report Card’

    Baltimore.cbslocal.com - Baltimore
    05.22 / 16:48 baltimore.cbslocal.com
    Baltimore's "Healthy Harbor Report Card" was released Monday, showing that the city's waterways are mostly…
  7. Brian A. Matulonis | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty

    Mddailyrecord.com - Local
    05.22 / 16:47 thedailyrecord.com
    Brian A. Matulonis has joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty as a Realtor. He will specialize in residential sales throughout Baltimore City and in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. Brian was a police lieutenant who earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in management from Johns Hopkins University. Information in Movers and Shakers is provided by the …
  8. Used Clothing Store Gets Surprise Donation Of Marijuana

    Baltimore.cbslocal.com - Maryland
    05.22 / 16:44 baltimore.cbslocal.com
    Someone apparently inadvertently donated more than 100 grams of marijuana when they dropped off some used children's…
  9. Bond Review Planned In Univ. of Maryland Stabbing Case

    Baltimore.cbslocal.com - Maryland
    05.22 / 16:44 baltimore.cbslocal.com
    A bond review is scheduled for a white man charged in the fatal stabbing of a black student visiting the University of…
  10. Carroll Co. Prosecutors Drop Cruelty Charges Against Animal Advocate

    Wbal.com - Maryland
    05.22 / 16:44 www.wbal.com
    State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo hinted there were problems with the investigation performed by a member of the Carroll County Humane…
  11. College Park stabbing: Bail review set in homicide being investigated as a hate crime

    Baltimoresun.com - Maryland
    05.22 / 16:44 www.baltimoresun.com
    A bail review hearing is set for Monday afternoon for the University of Maryland student charged with killing a Bowie State student Saturday in College Park. The incident, in which a black student visiting the campus was stabbed to death early Saturday, is being investigated as a possible…
  12. College Park stabbing: Bail review set in homicide being investigated as a hate crime

    Events.baltimoresun.com - Maryland (MD)
    05.22 / 16:30 events.baltimoresun.com
    A bail review hearing is set for Monday afternoon for the University of Maryland student charged with killing a Bowie State student Saturday in College Park. The incident, in which a black student visiting the campus was stabbed to death early Saturday, is being investigated as a possible…
  13. David Lynch's Trippy 'Twin Peaks' Revival Is A Love Letter To Hardcore Fans

    Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    05.22 / 15:56 wypr.org
    [It should be obvious, but there are loads of spoilers below from the first four episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return. ] In a year that has brought us some pretty trippy TV so far, Showtime's Twin Peaks revival has managed to uncork the weirdest, wildest, most unfathomable four hours of television I have seen yet this year on a major media outlet. And for David Lynch fans, that's probably going to sound like heaven. First off, be warned: Those who know little about the world of Twin Peaks…
  14. In A Historic First, Trump Visits Old City Of Jerusalem

    Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    05.22 / 15:56 wypr.org
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXsLtpk_G_w In a visit fraught with symbolism, President Trump on Monday became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in the Old City of Jerusalem. The president and first lady Melania Trump visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection, and the Western Wall, part of the Jewish temple complex destroyed by Rome in 70 C.E. The walled Old City lies in East Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel…
  15. Flynn To Take The 5th, Refuses To Turn Over Documents To Senate Panel

    Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    05.22 / 15:56 wypr.org
    Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn is invoking his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination on Monday, refusing to hand over documents subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The panel wants to see documents relating to Flynn's interactions with Russian officials as part of its probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "We will be responding to the Senate Intelligence committee today," a source close to Flynn tells NPR's Mary Louise…
  16. Supreme Court Strikes Down Two Congressional Districts In North Carolina

    Wypr.org - Maryland (MD)
    05.22 / 15:56 wypr.org
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  17. Forget wars abroad the need is here

    Baltimorepostexaminer.com - Baltimore
    The War Is Not Abroad For anyone under the age of 20, let me address a pile of crap you have been brainwashed into believing; fighting wars half way around the world is vital to our survival. Since the attacks […] The post Forget wars abroad the need is here appeared first on Baltimore…
  18. Police: Man shot, killed during attempted robbery in North Baltimore

    Baltimoresun.com - Baltimore
    05.22 / 15:42 www.baltimoresun.com
    Baltimore Police are investigating after a man was fatally shot in an attempted robbery Monday morning in North Baltimore, the department said. At about 4:20 a.m., police found a 66-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest in the 5100 block of York Road. Police said the man…
  19. Police: Man shot, wounded in his car in Hampden overnight

    Baltimoresun.com - Baltimore
    05.22 / 15:42 www.baltimoresun.com
    A man remains in serious condition after being shot in a car in Hampden early Monday, Baltimore police said.At about 2:45 a.m., police were called to W. 40th Street and Edgehill Avenue, where they found a 31-year-old man who had been shot in the face and shoulder.The victim was found inside…
  20. Man charged in fatal assault in Baltimore gas station parking lot

    Baltimoresun.com - Baltimore
    05.22 / 15:42 www.baltimoresun.com
    A 44-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in the March 29 killing of another man in a Baltimore gas station parking lot, Baltimore Police said.Eugene Cartwright, of the 2500 block of Shirley Ave., is being held without bail and is charged with first-degree murder in the…