Iranian American Filmmaker Debuts Short Film at SLAMDANCE 2009
January 14, 2009
Written and directed by Iranian American filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour, Six and a Half takes us on vivid journey into childhood and the sometimes brutally capricious nature of children, and all in just 5 minutes. The film is about a six year old girl, played by Harley Graham (The Bold and the Beautiful), who tries to catch a frog in a pond and when she’s hurt in the process, blames the frog for her accident and goes back for revenge. Amirpour crafts the tale with subtlety through beautiful imagery, innovative use of sound and a non-dialogue driven storytelling style. The film has a quiet simplicity and tackles the notion of ‘power’ and the fact that there is always someone bigger, or smaller, than we are. Described by the festival programmers as ‘Joyous’ this is one short film not to be overlooked.