Short Film Tells Teenager's Story Through His Computer Screen Shots

Noah's virtual hell


What we've got in Noah, a 17-minute film that debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall, is a riveting take on our failure to communicate despite Facebook, Skype and all manner of digital engagement.

Suspecting that his girlfriend Amy plans to break up with him and start dating a swim-team friend named Dylan, the short film's eponymous high-school-age anti-hero sifts through her private Facebook messages for clues to what's really going on. Alas, the displays of data that dazzle his retinas do him no favors, and his deftly dancing fingers, so skilled and swift at making pixels pop, fail to find the key.

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