Experiencing Interruptions?


Abscission is the shedding of various parts of an organism, such as a plant dropping a leaf, fruit, flower, or seed. We do this when we've gone through a loss. My photo series and short film (BLUE) features artifacts and photographs from my husband's grandmother's house after her passing earlier in 2021. We've inherited lots of antiques in hopes that she will live on through our use of those objects. We now house her baby grand piano, which my husband tuned up. His music is featured in my latest short film: BLUE, inspired by Pantone's Color of the Year for 2022 (Very Peri: a vibrant periwinkle blue hue with a violet-red undertone which is a symbol of the global zeitgeist of the moment and the transition we are going through) and the throat chakra symbolic of communication, honesty, and empathy.

Even though BLUE focuses on the throat chakra, it is actually a very quiet piece and became more about listening than filling the void space. It became more about the rests or pauses in between the notes. The music was inspired by the work of George Winston, specifically his album: Winter Into Spring from 1982. Music exerts a powerful influence on humans. It can boost memory, build task endurance, lighten mood, reduce anxiety and depression, stave off fatigue, improve one's response to pain, and help one work out more effectively. New clinical research shows that instrumental piano music can improve physical and mental functioning.

This piece was inspired by Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, an avid collector of his family's heritage. As I explored objects with memories attached to them that I didn't have, it was like reading a book about another person's family. Alongside this project, I read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez and focused on the themes of time, fate, and magic. I also read Wintering: the Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult times by Katherine May, a poignant and comforting meditation on the fallow periods of life, when we must retreat to care for and repair ourselves. I also read “Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space” by Carl Sagan alongside my film and photo project BLUE and I’ve been working with themes of fragility especially when it comes to our own delicate planet.

I hope to take this concept of archiving farther, even after this project concludes. In the age of Marie Kondo, where less is more and simplicity and organization are key to a serene environment, creating a digital archive for what could easily be forgotten can provide great solace for those missing people or spaces that have passed, sold, or erased. If you or anyone you know has gone through a loss of a loved one or a space, I'd love to help archive those items if keeping those items might not be possible.

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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 20, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Joy Waldinger

I am an artist, writer, filmmaker, and educator from Philadelphia. I write, produce, direct, film, and edit my short films. Ever since I was about 10 years old, I’ve been filming with whatever junky camera I could get my hands on and instructing those closest to me to breathe life into one of my scripts. I have been published in: PhillyVoice, CRED Philly Magazine, The Sun Magazine, and Evening Street Review. I was the Lloyd E. Penland Scholarship recipient (2012), received honorable mention for my short story “Cicada Crescendo” in the 2020 CRAFT Elements Contest (2020), placed third in The Bucks County Short Story Fiction Contest (2017) and The Bucks County Community College Haiku Contest (2012). I am a volunteer curator for Button Poetry and I recently published my children’s book Like The Sun Holds The Moon: A Children’s Book.

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Film Festival Selections & Awards:
HEY, IT’S MOM: selected for the Ridgway Independent Film Fest (2020)
THANKS, DAD: selected for the (2020) Short to the Point ISFF AWARDS and
Semi-Finalist for the October-November bimonthly for DFF (Dumbo Film Festival)
Official Selection for the Creators Film Festival (2021)
Official Selection for Flickfair Film Festival (2021)
Official Selection for Motion Pictures International Film Festival (2021)
Award Winner for Awesome Film Festival (2022)
DESIGNED TO FAIL: winner for WRPN Women’s International Film Festival (2021)
SACRED: Won Indie Super Short Documentary for the Best Indie Film Award (January 2021) AND
Official selection for the Global Indie Film Fest
Official selection for the Beyond Film Festival 2021
JURASSIC AGGRESSIVE: Semi-Finalist for Iconic Images Film Festival (2021)
POCKET: honorable mention for the Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
Finalist for the International Short Film Awards
Winner for the Hong Kong Indie Film Festival April 2021
NOURISHMENT: finalist for the Paris International Short Festival (2021)
TAPE: finalist for the Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift (2021)
SAHARA FONZIE: semi-finalist for the Niagara Falls International Short Film Festival (Summer 2021)
ERASURE: semi-finalist for Berlin Shorts Award (November 2021)
COCOON: selected for New York Independent Cinema Awards (December 2021)
and Award Winner for Toronto Indie Shorts (2022)
UNDERWATER: Award winner: Best Short First Time FIlmmaker (2021) for V.i.Z. Film Fest