It's time for the '86 crop of student films and the modest Loyola Marymount Communication Arts Department, David to the USC/UCLA Goliaths, continues to break new ground in freshness and invention. (Loyola's complete program will be shown at the Fox International, Venice, tonight at 8.) .
The night gets off to a wicked start with George Campos' hilarious "Product of a One Night Stand," an animated lament by a self-styled love-accident. Campos' great, ditzy animation has enormous style and wit, and so does the music--so good you want it to expand the story even further.
Mark Kamps' "The Manager," a nicely stylized and controlled encounter between an injured college football player and a student manager is full of unrelieved erotic tension, although it feels as though Kamps had walked straight up to his subject, then ducked away from it before a last, resolving moment.
San Francisco's voluble, unshy Lyle Tuttle, tattoo artist extraordinaire whose full-body "cosmic armor" is one of his own best advertisements, is the subject of a marvelous portrait by Rich Mortillaro, in "Mother Art." Not only Tuttle, a complex and thoughtful man, but the history of (and some of the psychology behind) tattooing is revealed absorbingly.