Summa Shorts: “Fathoms”

Today’s entry is a bit longer than the usual “Summa” (over 20 minutes), quite a bit more melancholic (truth be told, it’s pretty much a downer), and feels quite a bit less kid-friendly than the shorts I usually post. It’s certainly unsettling at times, and even scary. …and you know I hate scary. But I loved it enough to overcome my built-in resistance.

Because there’s hope in it, as well. Somehow. Hope destined never to be realized, perhaps. But its presence is edifying, all the same. And its mood of long-suffering love and nostalgia and gratitude for the past doesn’t seem out of line for today, at all. (Its back story’s pretty fascinating. A labor of love. And sorrow. No wonder the short feels the way it does.)

Fathoms is a film by Joe Russ, Inspired by the loss of his father to cancer at the age of 17, and informed by his love for all things scifi, mystery, and horror.

Successfully funded on Kickstarter, Fathoms has been a labor of love for Joe. Made during nights and weekends, he created the story, animated, and composited the film over the course of six years. The locations are inspired by his commute from Park Slope, Brooklyn into Manhattan.

“In memory of Hege Russ and all those spirits lost at sea.”

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.


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