“Heliotropes” by Michael Langan

Seattle-based Michael Langan emailed to let me know about his latest film, Heliotropes, which “documents the parallel goals of man and nature, through the most primitive and sophisticated means, to simply stay in the light.” The short, which debuted at SXSW last March, is based on a poem by Brian Christian. Langan tackles big ideas in three short minutes, exploring the recursive patterns and laws of nature that govern both natural life (sunflowers, migratory birds) and human behavior. The writer’s statement on his website offers additional perspective on the film’s meaning, but Langan’s crisply executed visual concepts stand on their own merit.


  • http://pitchbibles.blogspot.com Steve Schnier

    This is a very smart short film. The animated ‘evolution’ segments are brilliant. Kudos!

  • http://www.rauchbrothers.com Timothy Rauch

    Beautiful film. Michael Langan’s films are so often poems themselves, makes sense to see him working with a poet.

  • Scott B.

    Beautiful. Loved the part with the drawings of the birds.

  • http://www.studiosoi.de/blog jakob

    Beautiful piece. Thank you, Sir.