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Being an accounting of the adventures of the short film Flights as it made its way through film festivals from coast to coast and even abroad, picking up the occasional award and fine review, in the hopes of attracting interest for producing the wonderful feature scripts yon director/writer has in store for the world.


Original Title (If different): 
Production country: 
United States
Running time (In minutes): 
Short films
Student film: 
Production year: 
January, 2002
Film Credits
About the Director: 

A survivor of the Sixties, a teacher, a river runner, a political consultant, an energy and environmental developer, a high tech serial entrepreneur, a lover of great wine, food and conversation. Currently working to produce feature script, Crawfish & Specks, a story of a farmer who finds redemption protecting his threatened way of life in the Louisiana bayous. Workshopping his play, 4x50, not 200. Flights is excerpted from his novel about the Sixties, Not Our Fathers' Dreams. Visit to learn more.

Film director: 
Robert M. Herzog
Robert M. Herzog, Talia Lugacy, Luke Lieberman
Robert M. Herzog
Luke Lieberman
Film photographer: 
Jonathan Furmanski
Eric Offin
THIS: Neil Nathan Seth Skolnick Frank Caira Heather Wagner
Art Director: 
César Mendoza
Fawzia Kahn
Cast 1: 
Alexander "Fong" Fongold: Garret Savage
Cast 2: 
Albert "Meteor" Playdes: Billy Lush
Cast 3: 
Jack Wolford: Michael Caveliere
Cast 4: 
Lloyd Margrave: Andy Phelan
Cast 5: 
Rich Watts: Matt Wolpert
Film synopsis: 
Based on an almost true but entirely surreal experience. In 1968, a college senior tries to finish his Harvard Law School Application, which would keep him from being draft bait, likely to fight in the Vietnam War. Fong and his roommates start making enormous paper airplanes, get stoned, set the planes on fire and launch them from a precarious roof. At the end of an intense, frenzied evening, a final decision propels Fong into an uncertain, potentially lethal future. Flights depicts the intense pressures of an era when ordinary rites of passage could have life and death consequences. It is a timely exploration of the impact of America at war, amidst a conflict between citizenship and morality.
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $10 000
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
Super 16
Format Ratio: 
Film Sound: 
Dolby SR
Video master available ?: 
Video Type: 
Number of reels: 
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Festival selections: 

Hamptons International Film Festival, New York; Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest), California; Best Film Short Subject -- Cinevue International Film Competition, Florida; Ohio Independent Film Festival, Ohio; IFP Buzz Cuts sponsored by Sundance Channel, New York City; Williamstown Film Festival, Massachusetts; Le Festival Internationnal du Film de Vol Libre, France; Milwaukee International Film Festival, Wisconsin; Annapolis Film Festival, Maryland; daVinci Film and Video Festival, Oregon; Gainesville Music and Film Festival, Florida; Substream International Film Festival, Florida

Awards received: 
Best Film Short Subject -- Cinevue International Film Competition, Florida
Film reviews: 
<p> <span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif">FLIGHTS: Director/Writer, Robert Herzog, Producers: Robert Herzog, Talia Lugacy, Luke Lieberman. <br /> <br /> Based on the director/writer’s novel “Not Our Father’s Dream”, this short film captures the essence of how an ordinary evening at a Williams College dorm in 1968 turns into a night of discovery. Bypassing savage imagery, Herzog’s film glides into our psyches with an uncertain quietness, reminiscent of screenwriter Robert Wise’s approach. It’s during FLIGHTS rooftop sequence that it really takes off (pun intended). Picturing a defining moment is no easy task, but Herzog manages to paint a tableau of that time that rings true using little more than paper airplanes, matches, and, of course, talent. None of Peckinpah’s fireworks or Coppola’s sturm and drang –just an insider’s view of a time that all-too-readily reminds us of today.<br /> <br /> Fong, his main character says, “Shouldn’t living be connected to what you want, not just avoiding what you didn’t? It’s this ‘Fongosophy’ and depth beyond the words on paper or the scenes on the screen that leave us wanting more from this emerging filmmaker. This effervescent study of conflict between what the writer terms citizenship and morality could not be more timely. Herzog says that the film captures “an almost true, but entirely surreal experience”. It’s only in the canvas of long-form that we’ll see if Herzog lives up to his potential. FLIGHTS is featured in the Hampton International Film Festival’s Conflict and Resolution section and was named “best film short subject” Cinevue International Film Competition, Florida. For more information refer to the website </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif"></span>;CfgPath=ffs/filinfo&amp;Cfg=news.cfg&amp;news=general&amp;text_id=24859 </p> <span style="font-size: x-small; font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif"></span>
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