A Psychogeography of Mourning

A Psychogeography of Mourning uses static imagery and unpredictable sound to reconcile the contradictory interior and exterior experiences grief elicits.

  • Shayna Connelly
    Bananas Girl, Quiver, Every Ghost Has an Orchestra
  • Chris Connelly
    Ministry, Chris Connelly (solo)
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Observational Documentary, Experimental, Music
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 15, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    France, United Kingdom, United States
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  • Milwaukee Underground Film Festival
    April 15, 2022
    North American Premiere
  • Jim Thorpe International Film Festival
    Jim Thorpe, PA
    United States
    April 24, 2022
    Pennsylvania Premiere
  • West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival
    Morgantown, WV
    April 22, 2022
  • Tonnau Short Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    May 6, 2022
  • Snake Alley Festival of Film
    Burlington, IA
    July 24, 2022
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival
    Chicago, IL
    July 28, 2022
  • Cine Devocional
    August 14, 2022
    South American Premiere
  • Genre Blast Film Festival
    Winchester, VA
    September 3, 2022
    Nominated for Best Documentary
  • Mosaic World Film Festival
    Rockford, IL
    September 17, 2022
  • Shawna Shea Film Festival
    Worcester, MA
    September 22, 2022
    Nominated for Best Documentary and Best Experimental Film
  • The Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image
    New York, NY
    October 13, 2022
    New York State
  • Sunderland Shorts
    United Kingdom
    October 17, 2022
  • Antimatter [Media Art]
    Victoria, BC
    October 23, 2022
    Canadian Premiere
  • Fayetteville Film Festival
    Fayetteville, AR
    October 20, 2022
  • South Texas Underground Film Festival
    Corpus Christi, TX
    December 3, 2022
    Mexico City
    Mexican Premiere
  • San Diego Underground Film Festival
    San Diego
    California premiere
  • Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival
    Indian Premiere
Director Biography - Shayna Connelly

Shayna Connelly’s films on ghosts and liminal spaces explore the boundaries between documentary, experimental and fictional forms. The 8-film anthology A Memory Palace for Ghosts illuminates hauntings that arise from traumatic events, mental illness, everyday routines, the search for truth and the aftermath of grief. Her films have screened at Palm Springs, Sydney Underground, Ann Arbor, Athens International, Antimatter Media Art, Chicago Underground, San Diego Underground, Experiments in Cinema among many others. Chicago’s Newcity Magazine named her one its 50 Screen Gems in 2016, 2018 and 2020.

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Director Statement

A Psychogeography of Mourning is an observational film documenting the effects of time on grave markers. It was filmed at cemeteries in Chicago, Atlanta, Edinburgh, London and Paris and is set to a haunting, experimental score by Chris Connelly (www.chrisconnelly.com), a musician with a forty-five-year career and significant following.

Psychogeography is a specialized term connecting urban wanderers to the sites of historical events. It describes the psychological relationship between people and place, grounded in a belief that events from the past imprint themselves on their environment. In less esoteric term it is how our knowledge of history shapes public and private spaces.

Wandering the cemetery grounds offers the bereaved an analogous opportunity to explore the past, navigating a physical roadmap to exorcise their grief. The difference is that wherever one turns in a cemetery, one is met with monuments to lost love and while these give the impression of stasis and permanence, the ravages of time are evident. Monuments erode, sink, crack or fall while nature overtakes them. The combination of old and new grave markers reminds the bereaved that their individual loss belongs to a cosmic cycle and our lives are punctuated by memories with our most cherished people. Memories - like cemeteries – are crowded with ghosts.