If you’re like us, you’re probably searching for something, anything to keep from succumbing to the dread and uncertainty over the Covid-19 pandemic.
We don’t blame you. In these scary times, you seek those dapples of light – something, anything – to persevere despite the presence of this scourge.
We heard you and we got you.
Thankfully, there are some uplifting short films out there that portray the strength and resiliency of humanity. For instance, one film shows a blind woman taking up ballet and another depicts a young man embarking on a cathartic journey via his skateboard.
These works are reminders of the human spirit’s ability to rise up in the face of fear and uncertainty only to emerge even stronger after an ordeal. You can watch them or any film you please by visiting itsashort.com.
If you’re new here, all you have to do is register and watch.
These inspirational, critically-acclaimed titles include:
Decloud: This gauzy, little short centers on a young man who bolts in the middle of a funeral to visit a skate park with a friend. In the end, we learn the purpose of the protagonist’s journey. Yet, what we’re left with is a strong lesson about handling loss.
In My Eyes: Inspired by a true story, this film is about a young man with cerebral palsy who makes the fretful decision to enroll in college. Eventually, he learns the most important lesson of all: that his condition does not define him. At first, he struggles, but not for long.
Winter’s Hold: “Confrontation is the only way you’re going to face your fears.” That line is at the core of this meditative short about a farmer who must face a tragedy that stalks his life. Though this is an intimate work, the protagonist’s battle feels all too familiar. Perhaps, because his struggle is so universal.
Without A Mirror: This short doc chronicles blind woman from Little Rock, Arkansas who decides to take up ballet. The story is inspiring in and of itself. But toward the conclusion of this film, we get a lesson in resiliency and perseverance. Check out what the film’s subject says about mirrors in relation to her blindness: “I like mirrors because they can say whatever I want them to.” Profound.
FirstGlance Short Contest: Watch These Short Films and Cast Your Vote!
Amid the Presidential primary season, we request your participation in a different kind of election process: to select the winning short film in the FirstGlance Short Online Contest. You can watch these 11 films and vote for your favorite by registering. It’s free!
The FirstGlance Short Online Contest ends April 14.
The winner will receive prizes valued at over $2,000 and have their film showcased at the FirstGlance Film Fest in Los Angeles in March 2021. If you have any questions or issues, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, you know what to do. Make your voice heard and vote! Our “filmocracy” depends on you!
One more thing…
The coronavirus is no joke. Unless you’ve been at your vacation home on Saturn, you should already know of the havoc this novel virus is wreaking worldwide.
Yes, we’re acting just like that overbearing relative of yours, but it’s worth repeating: STAY HOME.
Let’s flatten this curve.
If you need to go out, make sure it’s only for necessary errands like going grocery shopping, seeking medical services or taking a trip to the bank. This is especially true if there is no “shelter In place” order in your city. Observe social distancing and wash your hands.
We want you and your loved ones safe and healthy.