I’ve gotten stuck whenever I’ve tried to tell my friends about Barry Doupé’s The Colors That Combine to Make White Are Important, which screens tomorrow at 3:30 PM at the Onion City Film Festival. A deliberately artificial-looking computer-animated feature set mainly in a Japanese office and filled with hilarious non sequiturs (“I made miniature versions of giant sandwiches; they are the same size as regular sandwiches”), it sometimes suggests an Adult Swim program in its warped sensibility. But Doupé’s dialogue is much headier than anything on TV, with considerations of gender inequality, modern art, and existentialism peeking through the strange humor. The movie also concludes, daringly, with a 45-minute sex scene during which one of the characters (a strong-willed secretary and art thief named Leena) delivers a stream-of-conscious monologue about everything and nothing.
I contacted Doupé earlier this week to find out just who in the hell creates such a film. To my surprise, he was soft-spoken, exceedingly down-to-earth (he moonlights as a chef in a Greek restaurant, I learned), and as interested in challenging himself as any audience. You can view samples of his work on his website; a partial transcript of our conversation follows the jump.