Experiencing Interruptions?


PILE is the third and final in a series of short films that pay tribute to where I grew up. This piece is a funeral for my childhood home featuring my mom's last words about her house, archival footage (an old voice recorder from 2010), footage from my microscopic camera, a series of letters from my sister, and a box of ancient postcards and sentimental objects from the 50s. Her eulogy for our home, in which we spent over two decades, touches on themes of legacy & ancestry in hopes of giving thanks to our family tree, with the overall sentiment being: thank you for sheltering us. While packing up the house, I worked through the pain of being uprooted through the construction and deconstruction of a series of sacred Still Life setups. In doing so, I stumbled upon many artifacts that help keep the memories alive and remind me what's at the top of my pile.
PILE 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...​
Film 2: ERASURE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdu0H...​
Film 3: PILE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK261...​
Be on the lookout for a final film that will combine all three short films in its final piece: MONUMENT.

  • Joy Waldinger
  • Joy Waldinger
  • Joy Waldinger
  • Joy Waldinger
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    drama, experimental
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2021
  • 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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