Watch: ‘Broken Cycle’ is a Sharp Drama About Stolen Bikes and Stolen Childhoods

By  · Published on July 17th, 2012

Why Watch? A young kid’s sneakers pound the pavement, running away from the bullies that stole his bike. As he rounds a corner, he tries to blend in with a group of thugs, and it works, but as he is welcomed into their group, he starts to understand the price of friendship.

With crisp camera work (Zeiss lenses/Sigma 1.4) and a sound design that places you right on the streets if you close your eyes, Clifton Archuleta’s short is an excellent portrayal of dangerous youth living in a world made difficult mostly by themselves. Ultimately, it’s a story about choices and our power to make the difficult ones.

What will it cost? Only 12 minutes.

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