(Also, one of Wild Tigers' executive producers, Darren Stein, was behind the pre-Tarnation queer childhood doc Keep the Camera on Me.) Without a doubt, Volkmar's costumes have a role in some of the movie's best scenes, such as when Logan's friend Joey (Max Paradise) - complete with a golden bowl cut and a striped shirt buttoned all the way up to its collar - tries to get him to contribute to a "ways to be cool" list.
A cynic might point out that there isn't a huge gap between the outfits sported by the children of Wild Tigers and the clothes favored by San Francisco's eternal youth of today. (I stand semiconvicted.) In fact, Volkmar drew extensively from the shop where she works while dressing the movie's primarily preteen and teen characters. But the spirit of Painted Bird's staff is a lot like Logan from Wild Tigers: not too cool for school, just - as Volkmar says - going for it. (Johnny Ray Huston)
WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN
Wed/16, call or see Web site for time, $4-$8
Roxie Film Center
3117 and 3125 16th St., SF