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ERASURE is the second of a series of short films that pay tribute to my childhood home that will soon be sold and focuses on its many renovations. This short film honors the three different homes I grew up in and was inspired by a conversation I had with my mom while painting the kitchen. She said that painting these spaces has helped her process this transition. In the end, the rooms look very different from what they used to look like, making it easier to leave. Erasure is defined as: the removal of writing, recorded material, or data AND/OR the removal of all traces of something; obliteration. Both definitions hit home. Making this project, documenting the process of painting those rooms, and pouring through all of that archival footage (VHS tapes from the '90s and cassette tapes from the '80s) has taught me a lot about impermanence and change. It's essential to let go of the things that are out of your control, and when you do, magical things happen. This piece developed organically. It was originally going to be the topic of control, but then it developed into something even more meaningful. I'm glad I was open to the universe's lesson. It's exciting to watch themes appear on their own when guided by heart and curiosity.

ERASURE is part of a larger project called MONUMENT that spanned many months.
View the MONUMENT collection here: https://padlet.com/JElizaWall/MONUMENT​.
film 1: TAPE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLJ_W...​
Be on the lookout for the last film in the series!

  • Joy Waldinger
  • Joy Waldinger
  • Joy Waldinger
  • Joy Waldinger
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 6 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    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 self-published my children’s book Like The Sun Holds The Moon: A Children’s Book on Amazon.

Recently, I’ve turned my stories and poems into short films.
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)
DESIGNED TO FAIL: won 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)

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