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Paper Planes

Directed by Michael Glover Smith & Alyssa Thordarson
Narrative Short
United States | 17 min | 2023

A woman with agoraphobia and the airbnb guest across the hall strike up a correspondence that becomes something more for the holidays.

“Alyssa Thordarson of PAPER PLANES, Debuting at AfterImage Film Fest”

HollywoodChicago.com

https://www.hollywoodchicago.com/news/37328/podtalk-alyssa-thordarson-of-paper-planes-debuting-at-afterimage-film-fest-april-15-2023/

” Alyssa Thordarson and Michael Glover Smith set World, Int’l and Local Premieres for ‘Paper Planes’”

SCREEN Magazine

PAPER PLANES is a Christmas-set romantic comedy about the need for human connection in the modern world. As co-directors, we bonded over our belief that the best rom-coms are films of genuine substance precisely because they show the kind of near-“missed connections” that are freighted with the potential for tragedy. We also believe that the best holiday films feature a streak of melancholy: after all, the season that is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year” often intensifies feelings of sadness for those, like our agoraphobic protagonist, Rachel, who find themselves spending it alone. Continuing the journey of connection, the film treats the characters’ queerness the way most romantic comedies treat their leads’ heterosexuality: implicit, safe, not an obstacle, and only pertinent as it pertains to their attraction to each other. We consider PAPER PLANES a cinematic holiday card, one that we hope will make viewers’ hearts full by the time the end credits roll. — Michael Glover Smith and Alyssa Thordarson

Paper Planes - Poster