A heartfelt animated short about friendship, a Rubik's cube, and the art of healing.
Synopsis: Through the darkest moments of life, a boy goes down the warmth and cheerfulness of his childhood memories. He realizes that all it matters is not WHAT you see in life, but HOW you see it.
Broken Wing is the first animated short from filmmaker Amos Sussigan and is inspired by real events. In 2011, a terrible accident left his best friend, Andre, paralyzed. The young man, previously very active and cheerful, now faced a very different life, one that few of us could be prepared for. Over a long summer, Amos visited Andre in hospital and witnessed the pain and sadness of his friend as he became resigned to his situation. But there was a glimmer of hope and it came in the form of Rubik's Cube. Amos watched fascinated as his friend found new passion devouring one fiendishly difficult puzzle after the next. The bigger, the newer, the more complicated - the better.
From this experience, the idea for Broken Wing began to take shape. Amos pitched the concept to some friends and animators, and the idea quickly grew into a global project. Nikitha Mannam (producer) started the production in India, while Amos gathered visual research in Switzerland, and four other students began animating in California.
Broken Wing eventually resulted in a richly haunting ensemble of imagery and story. It is composed of over 10,000 drawings, 30 digital paintings, and heightened by a beautiful score by extraordinary British film composer Mark Slater.
What started as a way to show the brightest side of life to Andre, turned into an internal journey for filmmakers. A labor of love, inspired by just that, the deep love of one friend to another, with the capability to lift one's spirits, and, perhaps, freeing not only Andre, but us, from whatever is holding us down.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS FOR BROKEN WING
Best Film (Short Films Long Night, Los Angeles)
Best Animated Movie (Lucerne International Film Festival, Switzerland)
Best Animation Film (New Jersey International Film Festival, New Jersey)
Audience Award (NFFTY, Seattle)
Award of Merit (Lucerne International Film Festival, Switzerland)
Best Animated Short (Shorttakes Student Film Festival, Los Angeles)
Castellinaria (International Festival of Young Cinema, Switzerland)
Hollywood Film Festival (Los Angeles)
A Qualcuno Piace Corto (Swiss Television Contest, Switzerland)
Newport Beach Film Festival (Los Angeles)
Manhattan Film Festival (New York)
British Animation Film Festival (London)