"Oat-Meal" is a surrealist, live action, eight minute short about a woman who slips poisoned bug balls into her husband's breakfast cereal. The oatmeal is then consumed (after it sprouts a face and pleads, "Eaaaaaat meeeeeeee") amid fulsome slurping and mashing and smacking of lips. Said husband keels over - and that, believe it or not, is just the beginning. Waked-Out, imaginative and impossible to follow, don't try too hard. Just enjoy it.

Albany Film Festival
- October 95

Colorful, goofy and with eye-popping effects, "Oat-Meal" will be a favorite among film lovers with a fetish for bold images and envelope pushing, shoestring-budget technical gymnastics. This surreal musical fantasy doesn't have a straight forward plot, but instead playfully pays homage to an eclectic cross-section of art and cinema, from the Jean Cocteau surrealist film "Blood of a Poet" to German Expressionism to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". Even better, Eckstein shows she's as good with sound as she is with image in this nearly dialogue-free film. Funny, memorable and enjoyable.

Metropolitan Film Festival
- February 96


Cast & Credits
The festival at Bumbershoot highlights all manner of stylistic interpretations. Perhaps the weirdest festival offering is Relah Eckstein’s "Oat-Meal", a semi-animated crazy quilt of Surreal characterization and super stylized symbolism. It's the kind of film you stumble across and are so weirded out by that you have no choice but to want to see it again. There's not really a story, exactly, as much as a collage of strangeness and great colors, wherein a man's oatmeal is poisoned with hallucinogenic bug balls by his treacherous Chambermaids and fashion conscious Wife. He stumbles through a Dali-esque house full of living paintings. The film features stuff like a human face in a bowl that spits food onto a spoon, and a bizzaro world fashion show with a Tiffany clock hoop skirt. It also features two Go-Go's (Gina Schock and Jane Wiedlin), as if all the other stuff wasn’t weird enough.

Bumbershoot 1 Reel
Film Festival

- August 96