Anna, annA

Highwire films has a history of innovation. In production and storytelling. They shoot quickly, efficiently and inexpensively without compromising quality or content.

Their latest is “Anna.” A short film about “love and palindromes” written and directed by Mike Robertson. The trailer, which you can watch below, hints at the surreal conflict of the story. This is further elaborated on by the official synopsis available at their website www.highwirefilms.ca, which I’ll paraphrase here:

Brian falls in love with Anna instantly one summer day. Things get better and better until Anna starts doing everything backwards. Literally. She walks, eats, and dances backwards. Confused, Brian makes every effort to resolve Anna’s affliction, realizing that soon their relationship will reverse completely.

Bummer. If that isn’t the worst possible scenario for a blooming relationship, I don’t know what is.

Highwire films begun in Edmonton by co-founders Mike Roberton and Arlen Konopaki in 2003 who have since produced three feature films that have screened in Canada and the U.S. And a few other places I’m sure.

As young, independent, Canadian filmmaking goes, these guys are right up there.

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