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Forever’s Not So Long

So I am slowly plugging away at compiling my SXSW09 Music recap post, but I feel the need to grace you all with something else pretty cool I found while in Texas. This is going to be my first non-music post, so bear with me.

Forever’s Not So Long is a short film, put together by Shawn Morrison and Garrett Murray, both of whom I had the pleasure of meeting during the Interactive portion of SXSW. Prior to releasing this film, they were known for their comedic video podcast Maniacal Rage. This is not one of those. Overall, I found it simply beautiful (though I will leave the technical analysis to some of the others more qualified on this blog.) In a little over 10 minutes, we follow the last hours of George, whose life is due to be cut short by an impending meteor strike on New York City.

What could have been totally cliched instead comes off as a quiet and touching story. The soundtrack, by Robert Andersen, was haunting at parts. I love when you don’t even realize it is playing in the background and then just hits you. It almost reminds me of how I feel when listening to Michael Giacchino’s LOST score.

Anyway, what I liked most about this was the different ways people spent their last four hours. One character even says what first came to my mind: “I’m gonna eat cool ranch doritoes with chocolate milk and watch the Neverending Story.” But is that what I would actually do? I’ve been trying to answer the film’s questions ever since seeing it a week ago. Spend time with my dog? Hang out at the Metropolitan Museum hidden in the Temple of Dendur? Lie out in Central Park? Write love letters? I still haven’t figured it out, but how do you think you would you spend your last hours?

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