THE FLYING SAILOR is a beautifully animated 8-minute short that stretches on for a lifetime – and that feels like the point. In the film’s opening, the screen reads “A True Story” as the titular sailor sails across the screen; if I weren’t in a theater, I would’ve instantly pulled out my phone to fact check out of pure disbelief.

On my second watch, I appreciated Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby’s film much more. In the initial watch, I had a moment of zen, not understanding or fully comprehending what was happening. I’m sure it was intentional, but you never quite know when the short will end – even when the credits roll.

At its brief runtime, you should set aside time to watch THE FLYING SAILOR. It’s currently playing in select theaters as part of ShortsTV’s presentation of the Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts but is also available via The New Yorker Screening Room on YouTube.

Tarush Mohanti

Tarush Mohant is a playlist curator and music explorer, the creator of illussongs (illustrations of songs), and has a fitness plan motivated by action movies (running, climbing, swimming, hiking).

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