A while back, visionary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky gave me a tarot reading and Psychomagic assignment - a technique he uses to heal family & spirit, through performing a kind of artistic dream act. Here's the announcement of the next chapter of my film "Helicopter". Subtitles on bottom right, in case I mumble too much. - @AriGold
The original "Helicopter," (below), which inspired the Jodorowsky/psychomagic act above, won the Student Oscar & dozens of prizes worldwide, playing Sundance, SXSW, and 100 other festivals. Ari is expanding it into a feature. Please follow @AriGold on Instagram/Twitter.
"Writer-director Ari Gold's 21-minute 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."
- LA Weekly Pick of the Week
"Hypnotic, beautiful, totally brave. The year's best short film."
- Film Threat
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