Watching a 16-minute film may be cheating in this challenge, but it just worked after seeing part of The Act of Killing tonight. I will finish watching it, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into a documentary about genocide this evening. It was late so I opted for Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow, a story about a little girl and a look ahead at times more than 200 years into her future.
Hertzfeldt presents a study of time travel, memories, human emotion (much like in It’s Such a Beautiful Day) through the eyes of someone young enough to not know what it all means.
Hertzfeldt’s animation is also somewhat similar to It’s Such a Beautiful Day, but with more abstract images and color as the girl, Emily, experiences a small portion of her future.
It’s no surprise that the film, streaming on Netflix, is getting praise from critics and could take home the Oscar for best animated short film.
I may be one of the last people to learn about Hertzfeldt, but I will say he is a filmmaker to watch and it’s worth taking a look at some of his past work if you have the time. Even his website, without watching any of the videos, is a visual masterpiece.
“I am very proud of my sadness, because it means I am more alive. I no longer fall in love with rocks,” Emily in World of Tomorrow.
All for now, I better sign off before I fall asleep at my computer again.