A dear friend helps a little fire spirit to deal with her fear of hurting others.

  • Andrea Chiara Mangano
  • Andrea Chiara Mangano
  • Joe C S
    Music Composer
  • Kris Kirk
    Sound Designer
    The Lost Piano, Call Me Cera, The Last Dog on Earth, etc
  • Andrea Chiara Mangano
    Dance!, For a Few Dollars or Less
  • Andrea Chiara Mangano
    Art Director
    Dance! The I-Team
  • Andrea Chiara Mangano
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama, Animation
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 7, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    240 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Woodbury University
  • Theatre Crude Fringe Festival
    Oklahoma City
    United States
    September 19, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Panama Series Festival
    Panama West, Arraijan
    June 10, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Shockfest Film Festival

    December 10, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Mindfield Film Festival • Albuquerque
    Albuquerque, NM
    United States
    August 26, 2022
  • Dumbo Film Festival
    New York City, NY
    United States
    September 9, 2022
  • Student World Impact Film Festival

    November 13, 2022
    Honorable Mention
Director Biography - Andrea Chiara Mangano

I grew up in Sicily, Italy, where I studied Philosophy, History, Grammar, and Literature. There I also won various regional dance sport competitions (Ballroom and Choreo) and became a published, award-winning poet with "La Balena di Ghiaccio". I was a self-taught artist until I moved back to the States in 2016, where I enrolled as an animation student in California.

I choose the visual arts as my career because I see the power of media, and how much it can teach people about cultures and situations different than their own. I want to help create a more inclusive media environment where all people can feel valued in our global community.

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Director Statement

My goal with this film was to push my personal boundaries of what I am able to create. I wanted to bring into reality a particular style, and after much trial and error, I am now satisfied with the final result.
Our History, experiences, and culture shape who we are and the art we make. Realizing how strong of an influence the world around you has on you is essential especially if we decide to become one of those people that also want to influence the world with the art we make. Realizing what impacts us will help us understand what impact we have in the world. Humans use art to communicate: with other people, with ourselves, with history, with our world… Poetry, music, and art have been used since ancient times to tell stories, pass down knowledge, and remember. In fact, the theater was born in ancient Greek with tragedy and comedy originating from a religious communal environment. Athens believed that in order to be a good citizen you must go to the theater. The general concept is that it would allow for a safe release of strong emotions: with comedy you can make fun of the powerful and your unfair situation in a safe way, which is also how holidays like the carnival were born. With tragedy, you could experience great sorrow, terror, and violence, processing them as a viewer and therefore not enacting those feelings in your everyday life.
I am a poet, I am a dancer, I am a musician, I am an artist, and I wanted to bring these elements into my film. Dance can be the poetry of animation, and that sensation and ideology are what I bring to my senior film. In my poetry, I use very evocative descriptions meant to connect to an emotional state, use of sound and onomatopoeia, and specific words, and these pieces are directly connected to these poems, so even if you might not understand the language, you can still understand the poem!
When I was working on my graduation thesis for the state exams in Italy, I specifically discussed the relationship between art and catharsis. I started researching its very early origin. I found this interesting analysis regarding the ancient cult of Dionysus, and how people were associating their subconscious as a bridge to the divine.
With my film, I want to appeal to a part of ourselves buried deep inside, that part we carry within us for millenniums, out humanity and its meaning.
I want my film to feel like the audience is walking in a painting, like they are part of the painting, a dreamlike sensation.