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Short Film: ‘Icarus 1’ Provides a Much-Needed, Childlike Escape

Icarus 1

Why Watch? It’s impossible not to cheer for the young boy in Icarus 1 as he builds something to help him escape a troubled home life. The film from writer/director/DP Anthony Ladesich envisions a world where childhood hopes can be glued together on cardboard along with loose wires and a bit of imagination to create something that defies reality.

Shot beautifully to put us in smaller shoes, we get a ground level view of the humble pieces that the kid cobbles together even as the floating voices of his fighting parents threaten to invade his safe space. When it’s time to go (he’s smart enough to pack some clothes and a copy of “Where the Sidewalk Ends”), there’s a palpable rush of hope filling us with a desperate desire to see the machines of his engineered imagination work in a weary world burdened by gravity.

What Will It Cost? Just about 7 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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