BY BRIANNA KNIBBS
A three-minute film about an avocado wandering the streets of Astoria searching for its other half can now be viewed online at Vimeo.
“The Pits” was directed by Mike Hayhurst, the founder of Evening Squire Productions, in a collaboration with David Bizzaro, a New York City-based puppeteer who wrote and edited the film.
Shot in Astoria, the film’s lead character—an avocado named Avo—walks along 39th Avenue, trying to fill its pit with various items. His walk is accompanied by composer Brian Aumueller’s score, but otherwise has no dialogue.
Hayhurst said that the avocados’ genders and ages are not disclosed, and that “The Pits” is a universal story.
“We’ve all known those moments in life where you search in all the wrong places to find fulfillment, to find what it is you’re missing,” Hayhurst said.
The film has screened at more than 30 festivals—including the New York’s International Children’s Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival and Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema. It debuted on April 23 on Vimeo.
David Bizzario came up with the concept for the film following a conversation with a friend, who later sent him a picture of two avocados holding hands. After writing a script, he contacted Hayhurst, who ended up collaborating with him on the film.
Bizzaro has previously worked on music videos for acclaimed indie band The Flaming Lips and built puppets at The Jim Henson Company. He has also received a Made In NY fellowship to develop a short film titled “Sheep Cake.” Hayhurst is a producer and director for theatre and film. His recent directorial credits include an episode of the TV series “All Talk” and a short film titled “Uncertainty Principle.” He was also the cinematographer for a TV mini-series titled “Fool Proof” and was the assistant director for a film titled “Buck Run.”
To view “The Pits,” click here.