‘Nashedonia’ is that kind of experiment that could easily turn your perception upside down. In this short and beautiful film, we can find a thousand representations of the avant-garde, mixed with a decent amount of normality only to create a mind-blowing experience. The story follows a young man that wants to honor the memory of his late father by taking a quest to Nashville with his guitar. Watching 'Nashedonia' is like attending a poetry performance that builds up into a drama, and ends being the musical no one could have ever expected. If we were to describe ‘Nashedonia’ in only one word, that word would be: unexpected.
The soundtrack is a rollercoaster – it takes you in a thousand places, it creates unknown pleasures and most of all, it brings you back on your feet at the end, when the credits are rolling, and there is nothing more to see. The visual filter Will Berry uses gives the whole short a vintage effect, pointing out the aforementioned experimental side. Why is this important? Because Berry does something many directors are afraid to do nowadays – he plays with the script, with the characters, he lets them free to roam in their way, and this is visible with the naked eye. It is in everyone’s best interest to let the characters be free and play their life as a role, and not many succeed.
Another thing that struck a nerve for us is the shocking and powerful shots of Will Berry. ‘Nashedonia’ has a lot of them, and they are the power, the multiple hearts of this conglomerate. The dead fish, the man being slapped in the face near a lake, the bohemian reflections of the main character laying on the ground, all of these are the extremely important and powerful images that deliver one, true magic.
‘Nashedonia’ is the picture that you hang up on your wall and still expresses everything, an image that bounds a world one is incapable of describing using simple words.
Written by Vlad A. G