EARTH EXCEPT BETTER - Short Film                                                                         

2013                                                                                                                         duration 4:30

Part whimsy, part shadow, a young boy philosophizes about life and death, and the mistakes he knows he will make.

From the outset we realize that this young man is not being presented through the lens of childhood even though we are watching him ride his bicycle and skip stones on a lake. His unscripted monologue is

presented with a weight normally reserved for adult conversation. This 'respect' hits a nerve with those of

us whose own childhoods fell into the 'seen but not heard' category. We get to reconnect with our own

emerging inner voices, many of which were never heard. That is the gift and poetry of 'Earth Except Better'.


“Beautifully done.  And, of course, a beautiful boy in the lead"

"Just wanted to say that I really liked your personal project with Kai. nice!"


“That film has touched me sort of like a really good dream, and it will haunt me for the rest of the week.”

"Well done.  The piece with your son was remarkable. If you can retain that directorial vision in the hubub of a larger production you got it aced! "

"Wow! is all I can say. I was absolutely blown away by the film you made about your son Kai. Wow! Wow! Wow!"  I hope you will submit it to festivals. Wishing you continued success and hope you will persevere and make more films....soon."

“This is an excellent film, truly special. I love his voice and his words. It's magical and it's true.

His thoughts sound heartfelt and,again, . . . true”

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