Coming off the success of his first short film, Bert’s Plan, Israeli native Yair Shvartz is following up with a new short, Life is No Joke, which will screen at the LA Shorts Fest. As an accredited festival by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, winners are eligible for an Oscar nomination. In fact, last year, 3 out of the 5 Best Short-Film Oscar nominees screened at this festival. Our fingers are crossed for the New York Film Academy MFA Filmmaker!
The film captures the anxiety a court jester faces moments before performing his act in front of His Majesty. Yair compares the jester’s anxiety to the kind of pressure people put on themselves in life, especially artists like himself. “Humor is the most important part of life. The court jester, having a crisis, not knowing what’s funny – is funny,” says Shvartz. In the end, he adds, “Life is about risk taking.”
Joining Yair on this production were producer, Alvaro Fernandez, and Director of Photography, Ezequiel Arribas, both talented individuals in their own right with a Master’s Degree from NYFA. Yair and his producer were able to lock down an amazing castle, Castello di Amorosa, in Napa Valley, California. The stunning 121,000 square foot construction was completely decorated in medieval style down to the very last detail, providing Yair with the perfect set for his film.
Yair is more than prepared for the next step in his career. He has two feature screenplays written, one being an extension of his award-winning short, Bert’s Plan. His other feature, Worried Minds, is a dark comedy that tackles Alzheimer’s disease. Thus far, he has a commitment from Academy-Award nominated actor, Elliot Gould.
For more information about LA Short Fest’s screening of Life is No Joke at the Laemmle NoHo 7 on Monday, September 9 at 10pm, CLICK HERE.