Friday, January 11, 2013

Have You Seen ‘The Butterfly Circus’?

The other day I had a chance to see the award-winning short, “The Butterfly Circus” and was stunned. I’ve never heard of this little film before, but it was incredible. Great writing, well acted and very artistic. I even got a little choked up. It was created in 2009.

They say that over 20 million people have seen this short and has been translated into 19 different languages, so I must have been one of the last. The story takes place during the height of the Great Depression. A showman (Eduardo Verastegui of “Bella”) of a Butterfly Circus leads his troupe to places and people who need encouragement. During one trip they find Will (Nick Vujicic), a man without limbs at a rival carnival sideshow. Living a miserable life, Will chooses to travel with the Butterfly Circus and his life is changed beyond his dreams.

Will (Nick Vuijicic, center) and a showman (Eduardo Verastegui0
In real life, Nick Vujicic is a Serbian Australian evangelist and motivational speaker. He was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterised by the absence of all four limbs. Vujicic was not only physically able to do the role, but he is quite the actor as well with only a hint of his accent coming through.

“The Butterfly Circus was created by Joshua and Rebekah Weigel who serve as partners in marriage as well as the arts. Their goal is to create meaningful films that entertain, challenge and inspire others. Together they have done this with their other shorts –“Liv” (2009), “Stained” (2008) and “Snare” (2007). According to the couple’s website, the short has proved to be so popular that plans have been made to expand the short story into a feature length film. However, as of March 2011, no new updates have been posted.

Rebekah and Joshua Weigel
If you too haven’t seen the film, now is your chance. You can visit the Weigel’s website and see the full production. The story is family-friendly with a message that everyone will appreciate. While you are at the site, you can sign up to receive updates on the upcoming film and purchase copies of the film on DVD if you so desire.

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