Icarus of Pittsburgh

On Sunday, January 7 1979, Archie McNally became the Pittsburgh Steelers most famous fan when he inflated a helium suit and floated high over the pitch in an attempt to rejoin his father in heaven. Or did he? Web wonder director Evan Mather, teamed here with live action partner Kirk Hostetter, has cooked up a bittersweet mockumentary cunningly disguised as a pathos-packed oddball biography. Mather’s faux-naif animations illustrate the epic feat (“I soared over the Heinz Ketchup Sign, enraptured by a frozen fountain in the park”) while Juuso Auvinen’s delicate piano score tugs at the heartstrings. Hands down the strangest and most visually audacious film – of any length – you’ll see this month. – Guardian Unlimited

***** – You think you’re a hardcore Steelers fan? Well, you’re not as hardcore as Archie McNally and his ‘daddy.’ Using computer animation and interview footage with Archie, this film tells Archie’s tale of when in the middle of a 1979 AFC Championship game, he strapped on a couple of helium filled wet suits and attempted to fly to the heavens to let his ‘daddy’ know how his favorite team was doing. Fuckin’ hysterical! – Film Threat

Strange and brilliant. – Metroactive

A true flight-of-fancy that celebrates obsession. – 29th Northwest Film and Video Festival

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