Short Film: Determined ‘Mission’ is a Triumph of Spirited Filmmaking


Why Watch? Michael (Emun Elliott) has burnt hours studying, pushed his body to the limits and sacrificed greatly for a chance to be part of a space mission to Mars. But he’s not going on one.

Blending the towering universal with the blisteringly personal, this short film from Mark Buchanan puts a father/son relationship (and their respective failures) into stark contrast in order to fight through loss to find hope on the other side.

Punctuating heartbreak upon heartbreak, it’s a sympathy magnet that’s shot gorgeously (and intensely) and anchored by a stirring performance from the young Peter Strathern who embodies the fragile fear of being tiny at a time when the big person in charge of you loses the map.

What Will It Cost? About 21 minutes.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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