Directed by Arian Nowbahari | Reviewed by Rich Monetti
In order to bring a work of art to life a real artist must put a beating heart to his or her inspiration. Not just words, according a one minute short film called, In the Tank, and this holds true even if your Mona Lisa is a goldfish.
We get the premise of Arian Nowbahari’s film right at the outset. Our artist, who is played by the director, emerges on screen with his pulsating heart sounding above all the other incidental noise. Thus, he races his car home, and we feel the urgency of the young man’s passion.
Arriving, he unveils the tools of his trade in this particular instance. A fish tank, he unpacks and assembles, and the microphone close by, the pronounced decibel level of his actions elevates the drama of this artistic quest.
His heartbeat continuing to pound, we are also immersed in the possibilities and weighing on us too, a dire hope that begs a crystallization. Taking a breath, the artist releases the subject into the fish tank, and his creative desire is one with the great beast.
Of course, the work takes form, and the process completely unravels before us in the joy of the finished product. His blank leer and another clear canvas says it all, though…. The fires never stop burning so next time can’t come soon enough.
Rich Monetti was born in the Bronx and grew up in Somers, New York. He went onto study Computer Science and Math at Plattsburgh State. But after about a decade in the field, he discovered that writing was his real passion. He’s been a freelancer since 2003 and is always looking for the next story. Rich also dabbles with screenwriting and stays active by playing softball and volleyball.