“Heaven” by Michelle Alvarado was created with funds from the BendFilm Underrepresented Voices Grant.
A fishy satire, Heaven, dares to ask “Why do we believe in an afterlife?” This short film draws a parallel with human emotions and aspirations to a fish, as a way to comment on humankind’s determination to believe in something existing beyond this life, rather than a more rational or empirical hunch that it is true. Told with Rupert Brooke’s poem Heaven, composed in 1913, we see through the eyes of a fish, implying something suspect about our own ‘fishy’ beliefs about the afterlife.
From Michelle: “I have to say the grant has been beneficial beyond this short film. It helped me exercise that creative part of my mind that asks ‘what stories are important to tell’ and to think outside the box a bit more. The exercise worked, I have formulated a couple other independent documentary series that I am starting to research now and very excited about.”