Watch: Oscar Nominee 'Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405' Short Film
One of the categories that gets very little attention at the Academy Awards is Best Documentary Short, usually featuring an impressive selection of international short films that are not always easy to watch. One of the films nominated as a Best Documentary Short from 2017 is one called Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, directed by Frank Stiefel. If you live in Los Angeles, you know the 405 is one of the worst highways to drive and almost always has traffic. The film examines the life of LA-based artist Mindy Alper, who has struggled her entire life with mental disorders and depression, even though she produces remarkably deep, honest work. This short runs 40 minutes, but it's worth a watch to get an inspiring look inside the mind of a tortured artist. You can find out more about Alper on the film's official site after you've watched this. Enjoy.
The full short film is no longer available online - check out their official website for more updates.
Thanks to Short of the Week for the tip. Description on YouTube: "Mindy Alper is a tortured and brilliant 56 year old artist who is represented by one of Los Angeles' top galleries. Acute anxiety, mental disorder and devastating depression have caused her to be committed to mental institutions undergo electro shock therapy and survive a 10 year period without the ability to speak. Her hyper self awareness has allowed her to produce a lifelong body of work that expresses her emotional state with powerful psychological precision. Through interviews, reenactments, the building of an eight and a half foot papier-mache' bust of her beloved psychiatrist, and examining drawings made from the time she was a child, we learn how she has emerged from darkness and isolation to a life that includes love, trust and support." Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 is directed by Frank Stiefel. It's nominated for Best Doc Short at the 90th Academy Awards. Good?
Reader Feedback - 4 Comments
Eff the 405.
DAVIDPD on Feb 5, 2018
Found myself infuriated with her parents and impressed that she used the pain, fear, and anguish for something constructive. Her positivity is impressive as well. Powerful stuff.
Sean Taylor on Feb 5, 2018
Sobbed the last 20 minutes ... her creativity and expression is breathtaking
Lisa Joan on Feb 25, 2018
I am amazed and touched by this artist and her work.
Karen Grottke on Mar 1, 2018
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