Last week I caught Apollo 11, the new documentary from Dinosaur 13 director Todd Douglas Miller. Since then I have been reading up on the Space race, at the moment going through Norman Mailer’s A Fire On The Moon. After chatting to a friend about how fascinating I find Space and Space Travel, he pointed me towards this short that came out in 2014.
Now, I totally missed this when it first landed. I am just a bit dumbfounded at how good this is. The themes and construction around the ‘inspired by’ Christmas narrative could probably fill my next essay (I am not going to that though). The visuals are stunning to look at, and are more ambitious that some Hollywood productions with a larger budget.
It is really fascinating too that this came out the same year as Interstellar, a film I am known to have mixed feelings about.
Watch it here:
Here is the synopsis:
Set against the space-race canvas of the 1960’s, Anomaly is inspired by the traditional Christmas Nativity and explores, through a modern-day lens, the events of two-thousand years ago. It is a story about relationships that intertwine around an unprecedented astronomical event, as a couple navigate life’s realities at a time of unfathomable significance. Filmed on location in NYC, Maine, Kansas, and Colorado, the film features Christian Cooke, Lexi Johnson, Andrew Sensenig, and Anthony Lopez.