Currency Affairs (United States, 4 minutes)
Directed by: Zehao Xue
Written by: Zehao Xue
This is a lifelong love story between two pieces of paper currency. They were created side by side from production line with consecutive serial number. After an expected separation in the early years and an unexpected reunion in a cashier drawer, they recognized and fell in love with each other. However, they were fated to separate again and started different journeys. Years later, when they are both old, wrinkled and broken, what else could happen?
By: Conor Murray
"Currency Affairs" is a very cute and clever animation that tackles the old tale of fated love through two very unlikely beings: two pieces of paper currency. Created side by side on the production line, the two were quickly separated and sent in opposite directions. When fate brings them together again only to be ripped apart once again, the two begin to lose faith as they travel around the world exchanging hands. However, fate is a strong force, bringing the two together one last time just as they get old and wrinkled. Animated in a very interesting style, the screen is split in two, following each dollar as it traverses the globe. It works remarkably well and makes you want to watch it for a second time just to make sure you catch everything from each side. The music that accompanies the film is a strongpoint, really capturing the emotions of the different situations that the two encounter as they are constantly being forced apart only to be brought back together again. A very sweet ending to tie together a very touching animation. "Currency Affairs" is an official selection of the New York City Independent Film Festival and will be shown at the festival on October 12-18, 2015.