Andy and Zach: A Heartfelt Film about Friendship

Andy and Zach: A Heartfelt Film about Friendship

Andy and Zach is a deeply touching narrative short film directed by the young New York filmmaker Nick Paley, which was named an Official Selection for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In the film, two young men are faced with a fairly clear understanding that the ending of their time together as roommates is something that needs to happen. When Zach decides to move out, his roommate Andy awkwardly begins trying to set up a new life without his best friend.

Although each in his own way tries to mask painful feelings about the impending loss of their close friendship, in the face of their sometimes mutually contentious stances a real tenderness shines through, especially as the suave, socially competent Zach begins to worry about Andy, his socially misfit roommate.  In dealing with Andy’s dual feelings of abandonment and annoyance at the infantilizing worrying of Zach, as well as with Zach’s recognition of his need to move out, while still caring for Andy, the film beautifully and subtly depicts the ending of a particularly empathic kind of relationship.

Andy and Zach: A Heartfelt Film about Friendship

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Hezarfen: A Turbulently Thrilling Saga of the Astonishing Feat of First Human Flight

Hezarfen: A Turbulently Thrilling Saga of the Astonishing Feat of First Human Flight

Hezarfen is a joyously slapstick three-minute 3D animated short film by Tolga Ari, Romain Blanchet, Chung-Yu Huang and Rémy Hurlin, who are recent graduates of Supinfocom Arles. The film takes place in 1632 in Turkey and presents the trials and tribulations of Hezarfen, a citizen of Istanbul who folklore credits with having attempted to make the first human flight with artificial wings in the history of aviation. Legend claims that Hezarfen actually took off from atop the 183-foot tall Galata Tower near Bosporus and landed successfully at Uskudar, almost 3 miles away from the Galata Tower.

This film focuses primarily on how Hezarfen managed to jump from that lofty, truly sky-high tower. As he prepared to jump and launch into flight, a large crowd of townspeople stopped their work to gaze up at the tower, watching with astonishment at the sight of Hezarfen perched on top with flimsy wings attached. In short order, many of them ended up actually getting drawn into the breath-taking drama, as an unforeseen chain of events rapidly began to unfold. The initially courageous-seeming undertaking soon became a turbulently comical misadventure, a wacky escapade that demonstrates the high price imposed by attempts to execute schemes that are really peculiar and strange. Such offbeat strivings for bizarre pioneering achievement can so quickly degenerate into absurdly sparkling calamity.

Hezarfen: A Turbulently Thrilling Saga of the Astonishing Feat of First Human Flight

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