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Rhino Souffle

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Film Identifier: F.2011-01-0143
Run Time
0h 8m 4s
Format
8mm
Color
Color
Sound
Silent
Date Produced
1979
Abstract
"Rhino Souffle" depicts the process of creating a souffle, from initial ingredient preparation to baking to final communal enjoyment, with a group of friends that includes JoAnn Elam, Chuck Kleinhans and Julia LeSage (founders of the cinema journal Jump Cut), and other unidentified participants. After the souffle goes into the oven, a sequence of calendar pages turning implies the passage of months' time, but the film returns to indicate the same setting, suggesting the calendar pages are meant as a joke for the lengthy baking time. This group of friends and colleagues adopted the name "The Rhinos" after walking to a screening at Kartemquin Films on a cold winter evening, and having a group of kids throw snowballs at them and tell them that they looked like a group of rhinos. Kleinhans wrote in an email in 2017, before seeing this film again, "The souffle probably refers to a time when I was into making souffles for dinner: both savory and sweet ones."
Main Credits
Elam, JoAnn (is filmmaker)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Elam, JoAnn (is participant)
Lesage, Julia (is participant)
Kleinhans, Chuck (is participant)
Form
Short
Subject
Cooking
Related Place
Chicago (production location of)