||Alireza, 27, both served as co-producers, and the film exclusively starred McCarthy. Since its creation, The Beautiful Wind has been winning over audiences internationally and has already been awarded three special honors.
The film was selected and won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the New York International Film Festival; has been a winner in the Orlando dMac Film Slam competition; and has just been accepted to the Los Angeles division of the New York International Film Festival where their film will be shown on September 24, 2005 at 8:00 PM, at the Fairfax Laemmle.
The Beautiful Wind is a 13-minute short film that was captured over eight consecutive shooting days, and vigorously edited in six. Production for the digitally-shot movie consisted of 12 to 15 hours each day, with a $200 budget.
The film was completed by Sohrab Mirmont’s company, Mirmont Pictures, and was shot in some of Florida’s most beautiful locations such as St. Augustine, FL, and Orlando’s local forests, and pre-production on the film began after hearing the inspirational true life story of McCarthy.
McCarthy currently battles Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) syndrome, a genetic condition involving the abnormal growth of blood vessels in some parts of the body which are particularly rich in blood vessels and causes tumors to grow. One person in 32,000 in the world has VHL and currently there is no cure. McCarthy has suffered a total of six tumors over the last few years; four in his head, and two in his stomach, and has been forced to start and stop Full Sail three times. He has continued to never give up his fight and he is determined to earn his degree in the Film Program which he will receive in November 2005.
Sohrab will also receive his Film degree from Full Sail at this time.
“When I met Sohrab, I told him my only true regret was to be breaking my mother’s heart. She’s the only one who never left my side through this whole thing,” said McCarthy. “Now more than anything, I just want to drink life in. The next ten years, I want to accomplish as much as I can.” The Beautiful Wind captures that emotion and alters the symbolism to center around the idea of the loss of a woman which could be interpreted to be the narrator’s mother, wife, girlfriend or child. The film takes the audience on a journey of self-discovery, an awareness of the vibrancy of life, and the remarkable realization that all you have strived to find may simply be right in front of you.
The Beautiful Wind is filled with incredible visuals, and behind McCarthy’s narration of Mirmont's musings about life, it is set to the music of Moonlight Sonata and Kiss composed by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman. It has been described by Full Sail Film Course Director, Tom Dennis as a “Visual poem.” “They just added so much texture that it was like watching a Van Gough painting come to life.”
Full Sail Film Program Director, Dave Franko further added, “It is a beautifully shot film. I enjoyed this piece and I hope many people get a chance to see this inspiring film.”
For more than 25 years, Full Sail graduates have been making their mark on the digital media and entertainment media industries. Recent graduate credits include work on Oscar-winning films such as: The Incredibles, Million Dollar Baby, and Spider-Man 2, best-selling video games including: Madden NFL 2005, Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, and The Matrix Online, and GRAMMY-winning albums by Ray Charles, Usher, and OUTKAST.
Full Sail graduates have also been involved in creating motion graphics and Web Sites for companies such as ABC, Nike and the Atlanta Falcons, and have been in lead positions in the live event industry with artists and companies such as Madonna and Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba at Walt Disney World.
On August 11, 2005, Rolling Stone Magazine named Full Sail one of the top five “Best Music Programs” in the country, and honored Full Sail as having one of the nation’s top three music business departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide. In addition, the January 2003 edition of Electronic Gaming Monthly named Full Sail one of the top five Game Design schools in the world, and in April 2000, Shift Magazine ranked Full Sail as the No. 3 top new media school alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No. 1) and New York University (No. 2).
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