A Primer For Dental Extraction

Full Critiques

  • "Bizarre and beautiful, Wiedemann's work answers the question:, "What would I do if I had a Steadi-cam and a stillsuit?" Stunning black and white visuals......" - Cashiers du Cinemart magazine, issue #11.
  • " Moody, black and white, surface noise, white noise magic with an added bonus of goggles and dental hijinks. Creepy, effective film that looks really, really good. " - from the Undershorts Film Festival on-line program.
  • "A beautifully gothic, black-and-white film..." - Olympia Film Festival Program
  • "This is an arty little black and white film with stark imagery and bleakly atmospheric scenarios abounding. There's no real story within "A Primer...," just a series of visually enticing vignettes featuring a lone young woman (Dominique Gallo). Filmmaker Carl Wiedemann's stark imagery, deft camera work and haunting cinematography recall David Lynch's groundbreaking "Eraserhead." Brilliant, chilling and bursting with creativity." - Film Threat On-line, February 5, 2001.
  • "a visually striking (reminiscent of Fritz Lang) rumination on dentistry as a metaphor for psychological pain." - L.A. Weekly, December 1999.
  • "Weird little black-and-white experiment shot in Chicago showing one woman's obsession for keeping her whites pearly among the industrial ruins. Solo actress Dominique Gallo is oddly charismatic in that Sandra Bernhard-meets-Tetsuo sort of way." - The Champaign-Urbana Octopus, October 27, 2000.
  • "If F.W. Murnau could have lived long enough to direct a Tool video, it might have looked something like this wildly neurotic short from director Carl Wiedemann. The camera, utilizing multiple angles, lenses and frame-rates, pursues the protagonist through a series of gritty, industrial landscapes, intercut with other nightmarish images. The sound design is as dynamic as the visuals." - The Flagpole Magazine Online, October, 18 2000.
  • "A Primer for Dental Extraction, recently awarded top honors at the Seattle Underground Film Fest, is the standout of the program--a meaningless, post-industrial meander replete with a mad woman with big teeth. " - from The Stranger.com's preview of Independent Exposure's Halloweird show, October 26, 2000.

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1999 MicroCineFest Award
“Way Cool Experimental” Category A Primer for Dental Extraction
A Primer for Dental Extraction

Production Credits

Scenario, photography, direction and edit ... Carl Wiedemann
Sound Design ... Wiedemann
Dominique Gallo ... Anonymous antagonist

Technical Data

Filming Location ... Chicago, Illinois
Camera ... Arriflex SB
Shooting format ... 16 mm reversal film
Printed film format ... 16 mm
Aspect ratio ... 1.33 : 1
Runtime: 4 minutes and 30 seconds
Technical data for Film Geeks >

Thanks To:

John Terendy + Image Control: Media 100
Brock Craft: Sound Stage donation
Clare Martin: dental props
Chicago Filmmakers: Steenbeck access
Film Craft Lab: 16mm prints