Helicopter

Winner of the Student Oscar; selection of Sundance, SXSW, and 100 other festivals. 

 

Hypnotic, beautiful, totally brave. The year’s best short film
— FilmThreat
Writer-director Ari Gold’s 21-minute short film, HELICOPTER, recounts in impressionistic detail the aftermath of his mother Melissa’s death in the helicopter crash that also killed her boyfriend, promoter Bill Graham. The film has been making an uncommon stir at festivals everywhere, and with good reason—it’s an effulgent burst of heartbreak. Employing a narrative pastiche that includes acted vignettes, a black-and-white animated re-creation of the crash itself, poignant answering-machine voice-over and personal photos, Gold deftly conveys the fractured nature of loss: how memory, despair, indignation and even elation surge and recede in the mourning mind.
— L.A. Weekly (Pick)

GOLD MEDAL WINNER — Student Academy Awards

GRAND PRIX — Aix-en-Provence Short Film Festival

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT — Belo Horizonte

BEST SHORT FILM — South-by-Southwest Film Fest

BEST SHORT (EXPERIMENTAL) — USA Film Festival

BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR & NEW YORK MAGAZINE AUDIENCE AWARD — First Run Film Festival

2nd PRIZE — "Best Of" Festival (a competition between 65 worldwide Grand Prize winners)

BEST SHORT (Student) — Woodstock Film Festival

JURY AWARD — Reykjavik Short Film Festival

SPECIAL JURY AWARD — New Orleans Film Festival

SPECIAL JURY AWARD — Moab Film Festival

BEST SHORT — Valley Film Festival

& other prizes