As the short film Cloudrise opens, we see two lovers on the verge of tragedy. Their airship is on fire, and they're still high above the clouds. But as we learn what happens before — and after — that moment, their story becomes richer and far more exciting.
Denver Jackson directed and animated Cloudrise, and it's a wonderful surprise. As the story unfolded, I audibly cheered at a certain moment and had my eyes glued to the screen until the very end.