How to Pack Up Your Life in One Day

Set to an eponymous poem, a woman faces the last day in her beloved New York.

  • Albert Beniada
    Minh and Dan; Sand Castles
  • Albert Beniada
    Sand Castles
  • Albert Beniada
    Minh and Dan; Sand Castles
  • Sam Garland
    Ella at the Library; First Date, Last Call
  • Sam Garland
    Key Cast
    Love Magick; First Date, Last Call
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 9, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Lighthouse International Film Festival
Director Biography - Albert Beniada

Albert grew up in Miami, encouraged by his family to cultivate his deepest creative interests. He writes and makes films to celebrate life in all its wonder and complexity. As Executive Director of the media arts non-profit Filmshop, he relishes supporting a community of filmmakers, colleagues who continually inspire him. He is in development on a dramedy about a motley crew of nine New Yorkers who go on a nature retreat called “SHOUT!”

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Director Statement

“How to Pack up Your Life in One Day" was inspired by a poem of the same title, written by my dear friend Jessica Machado; and by the real-life experience of another dear friend, Sam Garland, who was moving out of her apartment of 15 years—and out of the city she has called home for even longer. I wanted to capture a range of emotions, from wistfulness to frustration to determination, and ultimately hint at her hope for the future.