Last week I had the privilege of attending the private press screening (yes I am THAT important) of the Vancouver created short film Whispers of Life at the Shangri La hotel. Short films I feel are tricky, you have to get your point across and tell a full story in a short amount of time. In the case of WoL they did it, and did it well in about 11 minutes.
Whispers of Life is a film about suicide, or even more specifically the thoughts about suicide and how it will affect the lives of the people around you. Tom (Travis Nelson) is a high school kid who finds peace on a park bench after school. One day two punks come up and start calling him a faggot and then leave him with a threat of seeing him tomorrow. When we were in high school we all know what “I’ll see you tomorrow” means from a bully. After they leave, Tom meets Charles (Patrick Gilmore) and they start up a conversation with Tom asking the question “Have you ever though about suicide?” It is here that I started to get very interested because I don’t think anyone ever real talks about it, and sometimes all you need is someone completely unbiased to has a chat with. Through his kind words and caring personality, Charles helps Tom get an idea of what the outcome would be should he kill himself.
Any content dealing with this subject is incredibly delicate, not because of the subject matter but because if you’re not careful you can really enter after school special territory, and then your message is completely lost among a sea of people rolling their eye (believe me, I do it ALL the time). However, director Florian Halbedl told me that he and his partner Joshua Ferguson were very cautious when picking this story and bringing it to the screen and they completely avoided that area altogether. It’s a visually beautiful piece of work created by an amazing group of people. The crew consisted of 90+ people who helped this duo achieve their end goal which was a beautifully crafted piece of work that will definitely warm your heart and give you hope at the end of the day.
You can get more information about Whispers of Life by clicking HERE
You can also donate to their IndieGogo Exhibition campaign HERE
Pictures From The Premiere