Parallel (2015) – By Philip Smolen

Henry (Juan C. Rodriques) is a physicist who is working on proving the existence of the Hicks Bosun, which in turn will help establish connections with other universes. As his experiments continue, Henry starts trying to communicate with these worlds. Almost a year later, Henry and his team are thrilled to establish contact with another group of scientists from another universe. Their team is led by a beautiful woman named Anne (Kate Paulsen) and over the next few months Henry and Anne exchange ideas and theories about everything. But more importantly, Anne and Henry fall in love despite the vast distances that separate them. But as their feelings deepen for each other the couple must face a horrifying reality. Their universes are not in complete sync and soon they will lose the connection that has allowed them to fall in love.

“Parallel” is a deeply moving 11 minute short film from writer/director Mikel J. Wisler. It’s a rich and satisfying look at star-crossed lovers who are literally separated by the gulf of space and time. Their heartfelt story echoes emotionally because many people have had the experience of a long distance love that’s separated by tremendous distances. Wisler cleverly uses this familiar theme and gives it some sci-fi freshness.

Brilliantly acted by Juan C. Rodriques, Kate Paulsen, Paul Kandarian and Erica Derrickson, “Parallel” is a beautiful cinematic tone poem that fiercely champions the idea of everlasting love. It’s a stunning achievement in romantic sci-fi.

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