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Airplanes



United States, 2006, 35mm - Color - 10:00

DIRECTED BY:
Jen Heck

CAST:
Rachel Perry Kieffer, Crista Russo

SCREENPLAY:
Jen Heck

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Martina Radwan

EDITING:
Jen Heck

SET DESIGN:
S+S Amusements

COSTUME DESIGN:
Maria Cunningham

MUSIC:
Fred Sargolini

SOUND:
John Moros

PRODUCER:
Shilpa Mankikar

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Airplanes is the story of two teenage girls who secretly hook up one day at a traveling carnival. Although their encounter is brief, like an airplane it’s bound by gravity, and doomed to return to earth.In the story, flight serves as a metaphor for love; the girls’ romantic escapades are inter-cut with footage from educational films about flying, and an educational voice-over narrates on the science of flight while we watch the girls’ real-life relationship take off, struggle to fly, and eventually land.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Jen Heck has worked as a writer and producer for VH1, Bravo, TechTV, Winton/duPont Films, and Charged Animation. Her film “89 Seconds at Alcazar” (producer, assistant director) was selected as part of the 2004 Whitney Biennial and is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA). Her latest film, “Hold-Up (writer, associate producer), debuted at Sundance in 2006, and received the Audience Award for Best Short Film at NewFest. Jen completed her undergraduate work at NYU (Tisch School of the Arts) and is currently a student in Columbia University's Graduate Film Program.

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