"One of the best short films I've ever seen." The other day, that's how an artist friend of mine described The Butterfly Circus when he emailed me the link to it. I hopped over to YouTube to view this 20-minute film, and instantly agreed.
Written/produced/directed by Joshua Weigel, with a strong cast and solid production values, the film got a limited release in 2009 and moved into wider release this year. But most of the flurry around Butterfly Circus has been online, that new frontier of indie movie release, where it has been going viral. To date, TBC has reportedly gotten 3 million views. It also won the Doorpost Project's $100,000 grand prize in a 2009 short-film competition. The prize was awarded by viewer votes, not a jury of critics.