I caught up with filmmaker Jessica Sharzer, who directed The Wormhole, the winner of the Imagine Science Film Festival's Scientific Merit Award. Ms. Sharzer made The Wormhole seven years ago while a film student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. The 19-minute short tackles the emotions of a boy, Wally, who is mourning his beloved kidnapped brother. Wally wants to rewrite the past. The present if fraught with tension between him and his mother, who, in her despair, is afraid for her one remaining son’s safety. She is warring with his father and they are in the process of separating. After Wally hears his astrophysicist grandmother lecture to her class about wormholes that connect black holes to white holes, he interprets the science literally to try to resolve his feelings of loss.
Here’s what Ms. Sharzer told me about the dawn of her career and the inspiration for The Wormhole: Read more