Experiencing Interruptions?


An original music video exploring the unique fears that accompany being disabled during the COVID-19 pandemic, and about trying to find (and hold onto) romantic connection during the age of social distancing.

  • Michael Bihovsky
    One Grain More, Trapped Inside the House
  • Michael Bihovsky
    One Grain More, Trapped Inside the House
  • Michael Bihovsky
    Two Girls One Show
  • Michael Bihovsky
    One Grain More, Trapped Inside the House
  • Michael Bihovsky
    Key Cast
    One Grain More, Trapped Inside the House
  • Jessie Seeherman
    Key Cast
    Utopia Fantastika, Free Meek, Cinema Insomnia with Mr. Lobo
  • Evan Bollentin
    Director of Cinematography
  • Jessie Seeherman
    Assistant Director
  • Kevin Saunders Hayes
    Audio Master
    Vox Lumiere: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Antoine Combelles
    Echo, Young Like Us
  • Sarah Legried
    Artistic Consultant
  • Rickard Gustafsson
    Visual Effects Artist
  • Kevin Saunders Hayes
    Audio Production Consultants
    Vox Lumiere: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Shmuli Rosenberg
    Audio Production Consultants
    Megillas Lester
  • Dylan Dagenais
    Audio Production Consultants
  • Cato Hoeben
    Audio Production Consultants
    The Snow Spider, Prince William: A Planet for Us All
  • Jeffrey Bynum
    Production Assistant
  • David Treatman
    Special Thanks
    Puffs: Filmed Live Off Broadway
  • Jennifer Shorstein
    Special Thanks
  • Jackie Macri
    Special Thanks
  • Didi Feuer
    Special Thanks
  • Leon Fenster
    Special Thanks
  • Regina de Jong
    Special Thanks
    The Dancer Awakens
  • Ionie Bernstein
    Special Thanks
    Ionie: Hot October
  • Adam Levinthal
    Special Thanks
    Kamp Konut, Boy Friends, Trapped Inside the House
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama, Musical
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 17, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Michael Bihovsky

Michael Bihovsky is a Philadelphia-based musical theater composer and performer, director, playwright, poet, and chronic illness advocate. He is best known for his viral YouTube video “One Grain More,” a Les Misérables food allergy parody which won multiple film festival awards and was featured in The Village Voice, the Huffington Post, and hundreds of other internet and print publications. Its unofficial sequel, “Trapped Inside the House” (written about the COVID-19 quarantine) also won the award for “Best Musical Film” in The Faux Film Festival (Pandemic Edition), and pioneered innovations in the field of remote directing to comply with social distancing.

Michael has written the music, lyrics, and book for four original musicals and one dramatic play. His work has been presented Off-Broadway as in the “Scene It: New York” competition, and produced throughout the state of New York and the Greater Philadelphia area. Michael is a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he graduated magnum cum laude with a concentration in musical theater, astrophysics and mythology. Michael has the connective tissue disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and most of his work centers around physical and mental health advocacy. He also facilitates support groups and is a recurring columnist for the Stanford Medical Journal’s SCOPE Project.

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Director Statement

As a disabled man with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, I entered the COVID-19 pandemic with a sad sense of familiarity. After all, I’ve been on lockdown for years. I’ve spent months at a time locked in my room, healing from medical procedures or succumbing to the pain of my own broken body.

And so, as the world around me began to experience something similar to the lives that I and so many other chronically ill people have known for so long, I found myself able to be a source of comfort, and a guide to those whose foundation had disappeared beneath them. I became especially close (though always six feet apart) with a former lover who had “ghosted” me the previous year, and for a while we were able to be a deep source of comfort to each other; she could distract me from my physical pain, and I could distract her from her mental anguish. It was a beautiful partnership. And yet within me, one paralyzing fear – one certainty – remained:

That when the day finally came when the world was back to normal, I would once again be alone.

And so I wrote “Paperweight” – the song, and later, this film – to channel my fear, grief, love and hope into something meaningful. This is what Paperweight means to me:

Paperweight is to try so desperately to hold on to something – and someone – who cannot be held onto. It is the attempt to keep her with you. It is the fear that she will leave.

Paperweight is the moment in time, frozen yet passing nonetheless. It is the instant where you can pin down happiness, however fleeting. It is the certainty that it will not last, and the turning of the page.

Paperweight is the fragility of the human body – as revealed by the pandemic, and as known by those of us who were sick long before it started, and who will be long after it ends.

We are, in the end, merely the weight of paper. Our hearts break; our bodies tear. We are a leaf in the wind. We can hold on to each other – but only when the other is willing to be held, beyond a series of moments. And only if she holds you back without holding back.

This film has been my paperweight. It is what has kept me grounded through a year of pain, joy, loss, and confusion. It is what I chose to make out of all those things. For the only reason is the one we make ourselves.