Make sure you’re comfortably seated and take a few minutes out of your day to watch SOLIPSIST, a magnificent, groundbreaking short film by Los Angeles director Andrew Huong. A winner at SLAMDANCE 2012 of the Special Jury Prize for Experimental Short, Huong’s masterpiece is a metaphorical interpretation of solipsism, which is, by Wikipedia definition:
Solipsism (/ˈsɒlɨpsɪzəm/) is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist. The term comes from Latinsolus (alone) and ipse (self). Solipsism as an epistemological position holds that knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure. The external world and other minds cannot be known, and might not exist outside the mind. As a metaphysical position, solipsism goes further to the conclusion that the world and other minds do not exist.
“The characters in this film are constantly merging into one another, forming a collective consciousness through unison of their minds and bodies,” Huang explains. If you are interested in learning more about the experiment, DirectorNotes.com is running an insightful behind the scenes podcast about the film. I can only think of two words to describe this: next level. See for yourself!