Short Films

Rotation

The sun rises and turns the earth into the color of fresh orange juice

As the day goes by, the road we are on is infinite as far as we can tell

We change with the seasons.

We change within the seasons.

We wake up as one person and fall asleep as another.

When our passions change, we change.

It’s the decisions we make that decide which direction we will take.

We live as many different people in one body in one life.

The day shapes us. Society conflicts us.

Real moments never last. We’re living in the past.

Falling for the day, the sun sets in the pink sky as waves crash against the shores of a quiet lake.

These moments will slip away, but in my memory they will stay.

Footage shot by Kelly Severseike
Background music “Home” by Will Hanson
Poem “Rotation” by Kelly Severseike
Short film by Kelly Severseike

Torn-Between

Torn-Between is a short film about a young woman in her early twenties coming to terms with the decisions she’s made and debating the possibilities of what her life could be. The narrative is told through the young woman’s thought process with the help of quotes she reads and passages she writes. Along with beautiful images of Maine in the summertime, Torn-Between explores the reckoning of uncertainty and learning to live in the moment.
 
 
 
 
Torn-Between
A short film written and directed by Kelly Severseike
Special Thanks to
Elizabeth Boardman
Fay Boardman
Paula Severseike
Mark Severseike
Ariana Severseike
Books
Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose*
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Wild by Cheryl Strayed*
The Idiot by Elif Batuman*
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham*
Just Kids by Patti Smith*
(* = quote used from book in film) 
Music (Organized by Appearance)
Days Are Long by Silent Partner
Not Without the Rest by Twin Musicom
Juniper by Kevin MacLead
Side Path by Kevin MacLead
Scapes by Silent Partner
Calm by Silent Partner**
At Rest – Romance by Kevin MacLead
Getting There by Silent Partner
Sawdust by Silent Partner
(** = the last song in the film too)
Locations
Boston, MA
New Hampshire
York, ME
Cape Neddick ME
Sangerville, ME
Shot on a Nikon s7000 and iPhone 7
Edited in iMovie
 
 © Kelly Severseike, 2017

This Too Shall Pass

I have held on tightly
to little things during this time.
Walking my dog then watching him
roll around in the grass right
before we go inside.
Finding my cats soaking up
the sunshine in the mornings.
Reading when my mind will allow me
to focus on the words written on the page.
Writing my feelings down
so they will stop spiraling around in my head.
Talking about how I'm feeling
with my therapist or a friend.
Meditating each morning
before I get up and begin my day.
Avoiding the news for much of the hours
I am awake.

Who knows when it will be safe to attend
a concert and enjoy live music with a crowd again.
Who knows when we will be able to travel
to our favorite places and be with those we love.
Who knows when we will be able to watch
the sun fall into the ocean or rise
while on a cross country road trip.

All I know is that in this time we are currently in,
there will be okay days and bad days.
There will be days that drag on
and we will wonder if things will ever
appear the same again.
There will be days of uncertainty
and days filled with tears.
That's okay,
it's part of being in a time period
filled with an overwhelming amount of unknowns.
We are all figuring things out as we go along,
it's a process.

We should be patient with each other.
We should respect one another.
We should be kind.
We don't know when things will improve
but we will get through this.
This too shall pass.
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