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New short film In a Heartbeat brings to focus on same-sex couple love

There have been hints in the past of today’s generations of movies but the new short film ‘In a Heartbeat’ boldly comes out with its purpose.

Produced by recent graduates of Ringling College of the Art and Design Beth David and Esteban Bravo, “In a Heartbeat” is the story of Sherwin as he chases his heart after it literally beats out of his chest while in pursuit of his crush.

Perhaps it is stunning animation or due to the beautifully crafted message, “In a Heartbeat,” has rapidly gained attention. After being released on Monday, this special little animated feature has racked up over 14 million views, landing 36 on YouTube’s “hot list.”

Unlike the majority of characters found in children’s entertainment, Sherwin’s object of affection is not a girl, but rather Johnathan, the “boy of his dreams.”  After taking a giant leap with Josh Grad’s portrayal as LeFou in Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” it is clear that Sherwin represents the LGBTQ community (even Nickelodeon’s “Loud House” also “made history” in this scene, but also with a brief encounter).

As a silent film, with sound design by Nick Ainsworth and music by Arturo Cardelus, without having the distraction of dialogue, helps add tenderness and brings the emphasis on the action, what truly gravitates to the heart of the short.

What’s different with “In a Heartbeat,” than “Beauty and the Beast” and “Loud House,” is the representation of the LGBT community is at the forefront rather than just a mention. For the entire four minutes, Sherwin undeniably follows his heart as he attempts to capture Johnathan’s. Though Sherwin may be reluctant, as he desperately tries to steer his heart on a different path, there still no doubts about what his heart wants and it stops at nothing to get to Johnathan, even if that means splitting into two.

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