Although the focus, from what I can tell, of "Mark of the Butterfly" is to raise awareness of the autoimmune disease Lupus - Chris Carter's film easily exceeds just that. Sure, this is definitely a film about Lupus, but it's also a movie about hope. From the initial anger and denial from leading lady Sarah to the inspirational calls to action underpinning this short film. There's no question that this is a low-budget venture, but it's micro indie done well, and even when it slips a little, it always gets back on track, entertainingly delivering its hopeful message.
It goes a little something like this: Sarah Myers is an attorney on the path to success. So much, in fact, that she's just been offered and accepted a new job as district attorney. The downside? She has Lupus and is not entirely sure how to deal with it. That includes not telling her boss about her illness before accepting her new job. There is a family history and a reason she chose to keep her illness to herself, but I'll leave that for you, the viewer, to find out. I'm guessing you can imagine the direction this film takes as it tells Sarah's story, and honestly? It's not only handled well - but also respectfully. There's a lot of ground covered in around thirty minutes, and for the most part? Carter and his team have done an excellent job making this an easy flick to recommend.
So, we now come to some of my technical observations and realistically? Things look pretty decent, although a little rough around the edges. Brittany Altenbach holds the reigns tightly as leading lady Sarah - and does a fantastic job. Her portrayal of the various states of thought feels real - maybe even spot on. All-around, "Mark of the Butterfly" is a well-acted indie film - making it that much easier to forgive some of the expected indie technical limitations.
There are some lighting issues - and some severe audio problems that distract here and there - but by the time the film was over, most of that was forgotten. The one scene that does stick in my head is a scene outside with a man named Corey. The acting and even the visuals were fine - but the audio, in this case, was really bad, and here's the rub. That entire scene isn't even needed. It doesn't do anything to progress the story and wouldn't be missed if it were taken right out. Considering the audio is bad, and the scene is not necessary - why keep it in at all? Every piece of footage that can be removed because of technical issues - that doesn't impact the story - is another notch to polishing up the film, in my humble opinion.
So, there you have it. "Mark of the Butterfly" delivers a solid bit of entertainment as it hammers home its message not just regarding Lupus but also hope. It's a proud indie flick that makes it easy to recommend to others. My favorite scene? A great montage around the twenty-minute mark really worked the content - for me at least. Three stars.