Friday, September 16, 2011

Fantastic Short Film Friday - Danny & Annie (live-action)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

This week we have for you a wonderfully moving animated documentary about one couple's love story from its very beginning to its very end. Here is a 6-minute animated documentary short called, Danny & Annie from the filmmaking team, The Rauch Brothers. Unbelievably moving, touching and captivating, this will bring both a smile to your face and heartache to your soul.

This animated short was brought to life by Storycorp, the non-profit organization whose goal is to record and preserve stories of everyday life. I've been a big fan of their podcast for quite a while now, and well, this may be their best work yet. Here's the synopsis from Storycorps:

Danny Perasa and his wife, Annie, came to StoryCorps to recount their twenty-seven-year romance. As they remember their life together from their first date to Danny’s final days with terminal cancer, these remarkable Brooklynites personify the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of everyday people when we take the time to listen.

This 6-minute short says more about love than any movie released this year. It's the kind of love everyone always dreams about, the all-powerful love of acceptance of who you are - warts and all - of everyday life love, where each simple moment is a love letter to one another. This is like a Shakespearean sonnet, a Robert Frost remembrance. If you don't tear up watching this, even a little bit, then well, you are much stronger than I am.

Check this out if you're in the mood to see some heartbreak with some joy, a love story so wonderfully average and yet uniquely special. There is truth here people, and this truth will make you stand up and take notice of your life. Enjoy this weeks dose of short form goodness in, Danny & Annie.

Danny & Annie from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

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