For November’s National Novel Writing Month, I reflected on my many journals containing stories I’ve written, which stretch back as far as 1st grade when my mom and I would write stories with my spelling words when I struggled with reading and writing. As I cataloged each journal, I shared an excerpt that inspired a short story that featured a little from each. It was really interesting to see what themes emerged in the specific quotes I selected. The final story was inspired by those quotes, dreams, and some movies from my childhood: Neverending story and The Wizard of Oz. I worked with themes of nostalgia, memory, the passage of time, identity, and childhood. Check out the collection here. It’s not complete but it's pretty comprehensive and chronological.

This short film features home movies, old tapes, and childhood journals.

  • Joy Waldinger
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  • Joy Waldinger
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 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 published my children’s book Like The Sun Holds The Moon: A Children’s Book.

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Film Festival Selections & Awards:
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)
Official Selection for the Creators Film Festival (2021)
Official Selection for Flickfair Film Festival (2021)
Official Selection for Motion Pictures International Film Festival (2021)
Award Winner for Awesome Film Festival (2022)
DESIGNED TO FAIL: winner 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)
SAHARA FONZIE: semi-finalist for the Niagara Falls International Short Film Festival (Summer 2021)
ERASURE: semi-finalist for Berlin Shorts Award (November 2021)
COCOON: selected for New York Independent Cinema Awards (December 2021)
and Award Winner for Toronto Indie Shorts (2022)
UNDERWATER: Award winner: Best Short First Time FIlmmaker (2021) for V.i.Z. Film Fest