SXSW FILM 2012
By Don Simpson | March 27, 2012
Shot from the perspective of a young girl named Annie (Sydney Aguirre), Kid-Thing seamlessly blends fairy tale-like surrealism with gritty realism. Annie’s mother is long gone and her father (Nathan Zellner) is unfit to be raising goats let alone a prepubescent girl. More often than not, Annie’s father appears to be drunk (or maybe that is just his natural state?), so she must rely upon shoplifting for nourishment. It is this incredibly banal existence that prompts Annie to go out and experience the world around her. Annie is like an untamed animal that has never been properly socialized with others. (She claims that her school is closed due to a “gas leak.”) She runs wild with reckless abandon; smashing stuff with an aluminum baseball bat, shooting paint pellets at dead animals and throwing large balls of dough at moving cars.
Annie perceives the world with heightened curiosity (since we observe Kid-Thing from her perspective, we can only assume that a lot of what we see on screen is either grossly exaggerated or non-existent), which is what eventually leads her to discover a woman (Susan Tyrrell) who is purportedly stuck at the bottom of a well. With no reliable parental guidance available to her, Annie must figure out how to deal with this situation on her own.
We met up with David Zellner, Nathan Zellner and Sydney Aguirre at the Highball early one morning during SXSW 2012 to discuss all things Kid-Thing — and lookie here, we have a video of our discussion…
(Also check out Linc Leifeste’s SXSW review of Kid-Thing.)