“Yes, you do have an advantage,” says the circus director to the man with no arms or legs. “The greater the struggle the more glorious the triumph.”
Watch for the butterfly.
“The Butterfly Circus” is truly a gem in the indie film archive where miracles of artistic expression await our discovery. Directed by Joshua Weigel, this masterpiece of insight is a 15-minute short that promises inspiration and hope.
“Butterfly” is a life analogy reminiscent of Shakespeare’s quote: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances.”
It’s just that the writers of this beautiful little film envision two stages, two realities — two circuses. We can be in the superficial one, based on what we look like, with our given attributes, or the one where we work on developing our infinite potential. We can be in the one where we are passive victims of fate or we can be the masters of our victory over all negativity that invariably comes our way in life’s inexplicable circus of happenstance.
We have choices.
The handsome, dark, charismatic Mendez, played with mesmerizing captivation by Eduardo Verástegui, hypnotizes the viewer, drawing us into this touching film with an irresistible strength. He is the leader of the alternative circus, the one where people master a talent and exhibit a certain practiced mastery over their environment.
Also starring Doug Jones, Nick Vujicic, Matt Allmen, Connor Rosen, Kirk Bovill, Mark Atteberry and Holly Persell, “The Butterfly Circus” won the 2009 Doorpost Film Project Top Prize Award.
“The Butterfly Circus” also won the 2009 Best Short Film at the Method Fest Film Festival where Nick Vujicic, my new hero, also won the award for Best Actor in a short film.
Vujicic was born without arms or legs through a rare Tetra-amelia genetic disorder where both incidence and survival are rare. But he found his talent and has become a celebrated international motivational speaker and pastor: http://www.attitudeisaltitude.com/aboutus-nick.php
When you view him speak, you note his amazing effervescent positivity and his transfixed audience. Man, woman, child, adult – fall in love with him.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Vujicic, handsome at 27 years of age, now lives in California where he is head of a non-profit called Life Without Limbs.
“Life Without Limbs: From No Limbs To No Limits” an inspirational DVD on his life, shows how he manages his everyday life and presents him giving one of his inspirational speeches. His book, “Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life,” will be released Oct. 26, 2010.
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