When Olive (Tiffany Chambers-Goldberg) was a young girl, she was happy. She loved anything that inhabited the sky. Then she witnessed a terrible series of absurd, and unfortunate events beginning with her best friend spontaneously combusting, and ending with her goldfish going belly up. Traumatized, she has spent the past twelve years as a recluse. Her only friend is Jack (In-Q), who brings her a case of baby food once a week to sustain her. Concerned, he calls a “Professional Lifter Upper of Spirits” to remedy her depression.
The next day, the Lifter Upper (Will Scott-Simpson), a four-year-old in a three-piece suite stands at the door. He tries to cheer her up by bringing her a tiny kitten, break-dancing, singing opera, fish juggling and other antics. At every turn Olive slams the door in his face or begins to cry. By chance, he discovers a key under her mat that allows him in and he sees a model hot air balloon hanging from the ceiling. He tries a few more tricks, but still gets the boot. Discouraged, he sits on the stairs to think and realizes the balloon is the answer. Olive likes things that float or fly.
The following day, he spins a propeller toy into the air. Olive catches it and smiles. He sends in a little parade of balloons with cutout figures hanging from them and she is elated. She laughs and jumps on her bed with the Lifter Upper. Jack and Olive celebrate.
CastOlive: Tiffany Chambers-Goldberg
The Lifter Upper: Will Scott-Simpson
Voice: Bill Ratner
Kids FIRST! Film Festival -- Official Selection (Nominated)
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival -- Official Selection (Nominated)
Los Angeles Reel Film Festival -- Official Selection (Nominated)
International Family Film Festival -- Best Short (Nominated)
FirstGlance Film Festival, Hollywood -- Official Selection (Nominated)
DIY Festival, Los Angeles, CA -- Best Short (Nominated)
Dances With Films -- Official Selection (Nominated)
Burbank International Film Festival -- Official Selection (Nominated)
Feel Good Film Festival -- Official Selection (Nominated)
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival -- Honorable Mention (Nominated)
Albuquerque Film Festival -- Official Selection (Nominated)
Coachella Valley Festival of Festivals -- Official Selection (Nominated)