TIFF 2013 Review: Noah


[S]eventeen year old Noah is surfing the internet when his girlfriend starts an ambiguous and game changing Skype conversation. The TIFF Short Cuts Canada selection is told entirely through Noah’s computer screen, capturing moments when he is left to interpret the connections between what’s online and what’s off it.

The idea for Noah came from the weird stuff we get up to on the Internet, say directors Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg, who are both Ryerson film students. While Noah definitely illustrates the random and weird things we get up to online, its more so about our relationships that have become viral and virtual. The short film, which was part of the 2013 TIFF Student Film Showcase, captures the unmapped and sporadic activity we get up to in our online lives. Noah’s activity is often frustrating to watch – not only because of how true it is, but also because there is a clear correlation between reality and his Facebook account. Although Noah is a small glimpse into the teenager’s life, it puts into perspective how our online lives are left to be interpreted by others, both present and future.

Noah is playing as a part of Short Cuts Canada Programme 2. Click here for more showtimes and details.