..Victoria Barkley..

The Butterfly Circus

This film is not available in a theater near you. Not yet, anyway. It has no big box-office-draw actors. It streams free of charge, and show times are as flexible as flopping down in front of your 'puter screen.

It all began with an email link from a friend with the following two-line announcement:

"Well, I know you will have to get out the kleenex for this one but it will be worth it. Get ready for a metamorphosis."

Receiving hundreds of "watch this," "try that" email from all over, my finger hovered over the delete button. Except this one came from someone very dear to me and she would not forward something unless it was truly significant. So, I clicked on it.

The link took me to the 2009 Winner of "The Doorpost Film Project" (a website for independent short film makers). There, under the topic of Hope, The Butterfly Circus by Joshua and Rebekah Weigel kept me glued to the screen for the entire time.

The story, taking place during the great depression, revolves around a traveling circus of misfits. In the opening scene, the troop on tires, winding down a dusty road, drives by a sign announcing a carnival side show ahead. A little kid (Connor Rosen) in the lead car, holding a butterfly trapped in a jar, begs to see it.

"Ah, Sammy, you are breaking my heart" replies the driver (Doug Jones). "We are all the circus you need, kid." But Mr. Mendez (Eduardo Verastequi), the showman in the back seat, agrees to grant the child's wish.

Sorry, I can't tell you any more without spoiling the rest of it. Let's just say, the lead actor, playing Will (Nick Vujicic) steals the show. Much is revealed in a brief spell of time, in this short inspirational work. Seeing it unfold from any other than a spiritual perspective would do it great disservice.

Don't take my word for it. See if it doesn't make you feel great about being "just human," doing time on earth with the rest of us. Open your heart and enjoy.

To watch film, click here: The Butterfly Circus

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Other stories by Victoria Barkley:
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee – movie review
A Song and a Sign
Birthday Kirtan
Is Anybody There? – movie review
Real Soul Food
The Gift
Silver Sixpence in her Shoe
Breakfast with Scot – movie review
Sex Drive -- movie review
What Just Happened – movie review
American Teen – movie review
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – movie review
A Message From Mom
A Tale of Two Bunnies
Animal Nature
Into the Wild - movie review
Darshan in the Dark Light of the Moon
Love Never Dies
Green Roofs, Weeds and Wildflowers
Greeting Sunrise
Arctic Tale – movie review
Seasons of Gandhi