Trusting Light

"Trusting Light" is a non-narrative conceptual film about getting through dark times and trusting the light behind the fog.

  • Teddie Hwang
  • Teddie Hwang
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Conceptual, non-narrative
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 21, 2023
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    Austria, Germany, Italy
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Director Biography - Teddie Hwang

Teddie's first professional training was in classical music, where she specializes in historical flutes. Based in Germany, she collaborates with a variety of ensembles, playing repertoire ranging from 17th century airs de cour to 19th century symphonies. She has given workshops on historical performance at institutions such as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the School of Music at the University of Victoria BC, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Tunghai University in Taiwan, and the Escuela Superior de Música(UNAM) in Mexico City. Teddie studied traverso with Wilbert Hazelzet and received her Master's degree in Historical Flute Performance from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Netherlands. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music and Germanic Studies from Indiana University USA, where she studied modern flute with Kathryn Lukas and graduated with high distinction. She is a winner of the Baroque Flute Artist Competition held by the National Flute Association of America, and has also adjudicated for its competitions.

In addition to music, Teddie is a photographer centered on portraiture for musicians and most recently combines music with her photography in various formats, whether as multimedia concerts or concept films with still photography. Teddie studied photography with the award-winning photojournalist David Bathgate, in addition to specialized focus on black-and-white photography with Memphis Barbree. A member of the International Dark Sky Association, she has also found much inspiration through experiencing the night sky and the practice of astrophotography.

A language aficionado, Teddie is fluent in English, German, and Chinese. She also loves playing in the pitch of A=392 and finds the fisheye lens fascinating.

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Director Statement

It is essential to not photograph an object, but an expression. It is not about expressing those written notes on the page, but the feeling derived from that particular constellation of sounds.