A manic/depressive teen believes he has an alien implant in his ear canal.
My favorite thing about ELI is that it’s based on a true story. The music is wonderful, the emotions are genuine, and the filmmaker completely immerses us into a world of magical realism through animation. This is my favorite animated film of the festival, and one you don’t want to miss! — Jillian C (Programmer)
Nathaniel Milton has spent a lifetime trying convey the stories that he was born with through moving pictures. His animations, which are at turns ethereal and poetic and then scientific and biographical, bring the intangible into focus. His work lives in the high realms of magical strangeness, blurring the lines of what is possible when we remember that everything is magical. Working through his own dance with mental illness, Nate gives us Eli, a portrait of the depth, beauty and incomprehensible vastness of the human mind. Nate’s work makes the heart feel soft, gives shape to dreams and whispers on that small feeling we all carry somewhere which tells us that nothing is as it appears.
Nate grew up in Cumberland, RI and attended SVA. He currently resides in Brooklyn. His works have appeared on Vimeo Staff Picks, Short of The Week, VICE, HBO, Facebook Watch, Radiolab and WNYC.
Director: Nate Milton
Producers: Nate Milton, Buck St. Thomas, Robert Bohn
Writer: Nate Milton
Story by: Nate Milton, Buck St. Thomas
Editor: Nate Milton
Sound Designer: Kyle Sawaia
Cast: Nate Milton, Buck St. Thomas
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