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Viridescent means becoming green. The heart chakra or Anahata chakra is located at the center of the spine at heart level. Anahata roughly translates to "unhurt." It acts as the center of compassion, empathy, and love. In studying one color, green, I've discovered the spectrum, all the variations within. In the words of John Muir (influential naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, botanist, and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States.) "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." This quote reminds me of some of the themes of The Alchemist which I was re-reading alongside the creation of this project. The Alchemist tells the story of a young shepherd named Santiago who finds a treasure beyond his wildest dreams. His journey teaches him to listen to his heart and, more importantly, realize that his dreams, or his Personal Legend, are not just his but part of the Soul of the Universe. "All you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation. Listen to your heart. It knows all things because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there."

This piece features imagery inspired by Koyaanisqatsi, The Wizard of Oz, and my newest pet (Leon The Christmas Chameleon), closely associated with adaptation and versatility. Recent research has shown that "forest bathing," another name for a Japanese practice that began in the 1980s, is highly therapeutic, helping alleviate depression and boost the immune system. While spending time in wooded areas, we inhale compounds called phytoncides produced by various trees. They have antibacterial and antifungal qualities that help plants fight disease. When people breathe in these chemicals, our bodies respond by increasing the number and activity of T-cells, a type of white blood cell that are the immune system's first responders to any virus. Conserving, protecting, and restoring green spaces in and around our communities is probably as important to our physical and mental health as reducing the global climate and extinction crises. The healing power of nature recognizes the body's inherent ability to heal itself. This begins at the cellular level.

This short film also features conversations around the kitchen table from old cassette tapes surrounding the holidays of 1971 and 1986. The big themes are change, conservation, capitalism, modernization, and the passage of time.

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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 27, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    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)
Official Selection 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)