Very Temporary - (2022)

14min. 35sec.

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Director, Cinematographer, and Editor: Justin Patricolo

A young man down on his luck moves into his sister’s apartment indefinitely, triggering his high anxiety.

Cast:
Declan Eells
Elliot Frances Flynn

Producers:

Ashley Thomas

Justin Patricolo

Executive Producers:

Laura Haas

Justin Patricolo

Director's Statement:

 

Anxiety is something perhaps all of us are familiar with, whether it comes in the form of a small uncomfortable feeling or a debilitating wave of emotions. There are those of us who experience it in extreme bouts throughout our lives, and when it’s not managed it can overtake us, even if on the outside we seem unaffected. This is something I discovered personally about myself in my reactions to high stress, uncertainty, isolation, or tragedy. Perhaps many of us around the world have faced similar feelings over the last two years. For me, anxiety attacks would manifest throughout my life and often be coupled with destructive behavior. It's easy for this sort of thing to continue unattended when you tell yourself that it's just a passing feeling relevant to the moment or point in time, that it's just very temporary.

These are the topics and themes I wanted to address when I wrote VERY TEMPORARY.

The film is a vignette into Joe's life as he’s down on his luck and moves into his sister’s apartment indefinitely, triggering his high anxiety. As a small team built of NY-based cast and crew from all walks of life, we shot VERY TEMPORARY in a single day and on a limited budget. As a director, I've always embraced the concepts of making a lot with a little, having no fear in wearing multiple hats, and working within limitations. My focus is on meaningful visuals, purposeful cinematography, and careful character choices built through collaboration with the cast that appropriately and subtly paint the picture. What we came out with is a film that embodies a balance of character told through dialogue and visual storytelling.

It's a film about the importance of recognizing anxiety as something to take seriously, especially at a low point in life where one may be more vulnerable than ever. It's about leaning into others and accepting a part of yourself that isn't "very temporary". It's about the harmful behavior that can sprout from continually neglecting your mental health. I also wanted this film to focus on a male character in an effort to combat concepts around toxic masculinity. The idea that sensitive emotions or vulnerability is not "manly" or something men should just power through (the phrase "man up" comes to mind) is a rhetoric I'm personally familiar with and consider poisonous.

 

This film was a way for me to speak about my journey with my anxiety, and I hope that it illuminates something for you. If not something about yourself, then something about those who face anxiety every day. If the story feels close to home for you, know that you're not alone.

 

- Justin
2022