"Joy"

A modern day adaptation from Chekhov's short story JOY, about a teenager who gains attention when a video goes viral on You-Tube and wants to capitalize on the attention despite her parents misgivings. In Chekhov's version the teenager was a young boy who found his name published in a newspaper on a cold snowy night. Robert Strozier adapted the notion of being famous and youth and parents and adapted those ideas into what that could mean in one family's life.

  • Elena Araoz
    Director
  • Robert Strozier
    Writer
    'Mars', 'Law and Order'
  • Carrie Isaacman
    Producer
    'A Double Whammy'
  • Marc Raco
    Key Cast
    "Ted"
    'Monkey Radio with Marc',' The Next She's Gotta Have It'
  • Sara Romanelli
    Key Cast
    "Ginger "
  • Carrie Isaacman
    Key Cast
    "Marci"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Family
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Cannon 5D Mark III
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • WorkShop Theater Company
    NYC
  • NYC Downtown Short Film Festival
    NYC
  • Marche Du Film
    Cannes
    France
    May 11, 2017
  • New Filmmakers
    New York
    United States
    June 10, 2015
  • World Film Fair
    New York, New York
    October 27, 2018
    Best Family Film
  • New York State Film Festival
    New York, New York
    October 27, 2019
    Official Selection
Director - Elena Araoz
Director Statement

what the film is about - Carrie Isaacman on behalf of Elena Araoz

I look back on the making of the film and consider myself to be very lucky that like a parent, the film and the script found me. The statement that it makes, about social media being a double edged sword, the child who thinks that she can control everything and at the same time by putting herself at great risk and her parents being both mortified by this and interested and wondering if they should give thier daughter's sudden fame the benefit of the doubt. I especially appreciate the writing of Robert Strozier who updated Checkhovs original concepts of the boy who finds his name in print and believes that he is famous, to a teen girl who is filmed at a party and the film gives the teen '15 minutes of fame'. I hope that you enjoy the film and I am very thankful to Elena and her family for partnering with me to make the short film 'Joy'.