Fragments: Photographer Jim Hendrickson

In a project that started as a job of cataloging, Chelsea paused with the identity that’s still here, a person not ready to be buried yet. Jim Hendrickson, 75, lives in a nursing facility in Omaha, NE, where he and Chelsea met over the course of 8 intimate months of ongoing conversation with an archive of over 50,000 photographic negatives.

This film intends to look at the archive as sites of geography, through the illusory reality of memory, and the stark terrain of a life in the aftermath of war and a world increasingly shaped by global culture.

Fragments, its name for the fragments of history that are enfolded within us. Questioning the moments we decide to keep and where one person can go to attempt to remember where they’ve been.

Arranging fragments of voice, image, text and spoken narrative into dialogue with one another, the film challenges traditional autobiographies by creating one's life story through its recovered pieces.

  • Chelsea Kavich
  • Joseph Carter
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Biographical, Documentary, Short Documentary, Biopic, Archival, Found Footage
  • Runtime:
    36 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 18, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Archive Footage
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project: