This week’s short is a 12 minute documentary that tells the story of charismatic comic book owner in Queens, New York, Joe Leisner.
Comic Book Heaven had been a fixture in Sunnyside, Queens for over 60 years, with Leisner its lively and opinionated owner.Director E.J. McLeavey-Fisher shows the store and Leisner in an honest, but warm, light, in a beautifully shot and edited portrait.
What starts as a character study of one of the neighbourhood’s most colourful characters, evolves into a touching portrait of a reluctantly ageing man, on the brink of retirement.
A captivating watch.