Movies Galore takes a look at director Spencer Ortega’s Short film “Balloons” from 2014!

Written by David Strege

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Balloons directed by Spencer Ortega

I’m not sure of the production company for this short film that I am about to describe but I do know  the director’s name and where the film was filmed, it was filmed in Milwaukee and is part of the UWM film class. So I do believe it is a student film.

I bring to your attention the short film Balloons.  it is more of a visual and inspirational as well as uplifting.   The camera zooms in on a boy line on a table in a doctor’s office,  the doctor is probably trying to explain the bad news that her son will not be able to walk.  we see a balloon pass over his head and as it does we see that the boys life has fast forwarded to his young life as a man.  As a man he has created a brace for himself in order to be able to stand up and walk straight, he attaches the balloon to a pulley and rope system attached to his brace so we see him use the balloon I believe as a security blanket to walk down the stairs, and right out the door, down the street,  across the bridge until he stops by an alley where he sees himself in a window. suddenly the balloon takes off and disappears and the man loses his balance and falls only to realize a young girl with the same problems is standing right where the balloon had led him to.

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I think and feel that this film is very uplifting especially to those who have disabilities like myself.  In fact I believe that everyone on this Earth has some form of a disability if there’s something that you cannot do weather riding a bike or just solving a simple math problem you have a disability. to me that’s what it disability is it defines something that you just cannot do and even what Society calls a normal person cannot do everything and is not perfect. I think this film is about achieving the impossible even if it looks like you cannot.   this one was shot well and I believe accomplished what it said out to achieve. if this film sounds like something that you would seek out and watch definitely going to do so I would recommend that you do. I was entertained once again.

Starring Jared Dutelle as Young Boy, Kim Dutelle as Mother, Mike Dutelle as Doctor,
Daniel Lindsay as Young Man, Meredith Milburn as Young Woman.

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