Watch: Mesmerizing, Ambitious Space Race Nativity Film 'Anomaly'

December 31, 2014


"I think we got lost. Maybe… we've always been lost. We've become strangers to ourselves, to each other." One more short film, even though it's hardly short, to feature at the end of the year just before 2015 rolls in. This one is an ambitious experience called Anomaly from a filmmaker named Salomon Ligthelm, and it's actually a 37-minute film that was apparently inspired by "the traditional Christmas Nativity", though it's set against the space race of the 60s. After making many promo videos, this is Ligthelm's big debut, so to say, and it's a mesmerizing trip into the cosmos and uh, some other deep, emotional places. It reminds me a bit of the films of Shane Carruth, if you've seen Upstream Color or Primer. Take a look and let us know.

From Vimeo (via @refocusedmedia): 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 2000 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. Anomaly is directed by both Dan Difelice & Salomon Ligthelm, who's known for his promo work on Vimeo. This short was filmed on location in NYC, Maine, Kansas, and Colorado, featuring Christian Cooke, Lexi Johnson, Andrew Sensenig, and Anthony Lopez. For more info on Anomaly, visit the short's website here or Vimeo page.

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Reader Feedback - 5 Comments


Wow! We got a lot of fantastic sci-fi space short films!!! Love it.

DAVIDPD on Jan 1, 2015


it's a new terrence malick movie!

ari smulders on Jan 1, 2015


Visually this film is stunning. I did, however, feel that it was filled with anachronisms. I had a hard time telling when this film was actually taking place. Everyone looked like hipsters who own vintage typewriters.

Why? on Jan 1, 2015


I too liked the visuals. My issue is that the slow pace of the film doesn't lead to an unexpected pay-off. The end seems to be kind of predictable from the moment she is pregnant. Furthermore I think the religious intention is a bit too prominent. Sfi-fi should be about fiction of science, not non-science...

Nash on Jan 3, 2015


Of course it looks nice but I couldn't make it more than 5 minutes in. It seems like another excuse to showcase FX with a way too long melodramatic story.

ff on Jan 8, 2015

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