In 1986, Cleveland had the totally rational idea of attemping to break the world record for the most amount of balloons released at one time. 1.5 million balloons to be exact. Seems fun, right? Well, this so called “fun” concept was declared Balloonfest 1986 and it really happened. As one would expect, at least in the year 2017, the release of well over 1 million balloons didn’t go as planned….at all. But really - when weather, simple fate and millions of unnatural pieces of floating debris are at play, what WOULD one expect? Imagine: an otherworldly mass of floating rainbow delight, overtaking skyscrapers, littering the sky, and then the water, with simultaneous happiness and questionable dread. A release of helium and good intentions with horrifying results that seems too ridiculous to be real. Welcome to America, folks. And welcome to BALLOONFEST, a real life story and masterful display of stellar storytelling using spot on researched, sourced and edited archival news footage. If you’ve not heard of what happened on that fateful day in 1986, I won’t spoil it for you but boy does it make a great film. I will just urge you to watch this short documentary NOW. With a running time of under 7-mins, I promise, you’re gonna feel a lot of things in a short amount of time: childlike nostalgia, whimsical thrill, and….what the f*ck?! Filmmaker Nathan Truesdell proves you can create a simple yet jaw-droppingly impressive story using only the archive. One of my favorites of the year, BALLOONFEST is a low key hilarious and depressing feat that is a total MUST WATCH if you’re a lover of great film, balloons, the 1980s, craziness, or just….human stupidity.
The Christchurch Earthquake left the majority of its population devastated, but for a small group of homeless people, disaster brought about new and luxurious living opportunities - a taste of what it’s like to live like a king.
Director, Zoe McIntosh gives us a brief, but intriguing look at the fragility of wealth, the staying power of natural disaster, and the old saying "one man's trash is another mans treasure." The film is a part of 10, 3-minute documentaries from New Zealand titled Loading Docs. Check them all out, they are all only 3 minutes, and all innovative in their own right! Street Creds to New Zealand filmmakers!