“Heliotropes” by Michael Langan “Heliotropes” by Michael Langan

“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.