Some of Her Parts

When future medicine allows people to live past the human body's shelf life, a young woman visits her grandmother in the hospital and is forced to question the value of immortality when you still end up in a box.

  • Abie Sidell
    Co-Writer, Director, Editor
  • Felix Handte
    Co-Writer, Cinematographer, Editor
  • Trevor Wallace
    Assistant Director, Producer, Editor
  • Fran Reilly
    Producer
  • Jessica Lara Bentley
    Key Cast
    “Vanessa”
  • Rolando Chusan
    Key Cast
    “Nurse Miranda”
  • Molly Grund
    Production Designer
  • Marta Gac
    Assistant Camera
  • Dannie Giglevitch
    Sound Recordist
  • Adriana Bräu-Díaz
    Makeup Artist
  • John Thayer
    Score & Sound Design
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Drama, Surreal, Dark Comedy
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 11, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
    July 21, 2018
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    March 7, 2019
    East Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Queens World Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    March 31, 2019
    Official Selection
  • World-Fest Houston
    Houston, Texas
    United States
    Remi Award Winner
  • CUNY Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    April 14, 2019
    Winner: Best Sci-Fi
Director Biography

Abie Sidell is a Queens, New York based filmmaker and is the co-writer and director of Some of Her Parts. He works as a filmmaker making educational videos for Columbia University and marketing content for Marvel Entertainment. He moonlights as a personal chef to his roommates.

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Director Statement

Some of Her Parts was inspired in large part by my struggle with chronic illness.

As is too often the case with young and otherwise healthy patients, doctors had been comfortable writing off my myriad symptoms as either unrelated or no big deal for 3-4 years. It wasn't until after I’d lost 20lbs in three weeks, and could barely stand without getting lightheaded, that I finally received my diagnosis of Crohn's Disease. I’m now very happy to say that I’m responding well to my treatment, and most days I’m not in terrible pain.

But I’ve been a filmmaker for much longer than 3 or 4 years. And I badly wanted to figure out a way to marry my work with the truth of my illness.

I’d been so terrified of allowing this disease to define me, that I was reluctant to even mention my diagnosis to anyone outside my close circle. Publicly exposing my struggle felt like allowing it to do exactly that. Yet in choosing to hide my disease, I couldn't define it myself. Secrecy, it turned out, was the very concession I never wanted to make.

So early last year, we drove up through a blizzard to Burlington, Vermont to make Some of Her Parts. It's a deeply personal movie, but it’s also about the much greater risk of dehumanization in medicine at large, and the sacrifices everyone who struggles with chronic pain and illness are so familiar with making. See, I'd found myself thinking a lot about sacrifice.

Whether it was trading away serious pain and inflammation for large hospital bills, or just giving up vegetables for an easier time on the toilet, it seemed like successful treatment inherently demanded sacrifice. What were the limits? How much would someone sacrifice for their health?

Would someone trade their entire body for much longer life? Would that person still even be human? In Some of Her Parts, people can make that choice. But perhaps they wouldn't need to if we promote healthcare which treats the whole sum of a person, and not only their parts.

– Abie