College Senior, Joyce, is haunted by a punk song that disrupts her work and her relationship with her best friend. She can’t seem to shake the tune—until she comes to terms with a traumatic experience.
Senior Honors Thesis at Tufts University [Director, Head Producer, Writer, and Editor]
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Gold Award for "Best Woman Short" in the month of June
Silver Award for "Best Actress" (Halle Curley as Joyce) in the month of June
Gold Award for "Best Student Director (Female)" (myself) in the month of June
Official Selection for the month of June
Finalist for "Best Student Film"
Official Selection for the month of July
Award Nominee for "Best Women Short," "Best Student Director (Female)," and "Best Original Song"
"Outstanding Achievement Award (Actress)" for Halle Curley as Joyce and "Outstanding Achievement Award (Supporting Actress)" for Gayané Kaligian as Abby
Official Selection to be screened as part of the "Student Showcase"
Semi-finalist for the short film categories
This film tackles a subject that is often treated as spectacle (sexual assault) without showing the act or even seeing the perpetrator's face. We don’t need to see what happened to know what happened, and that speaks volumes. This film is dedicated to all survivors. Click below to see the inspiration.
"Distinct Rhythms" is a shortform documentary highlighting the voices and experiences of three Tufts musicians and their collaborators. Directed, filmed and edited by Kayla Avitabile for the Spring 2021 Advanced Documentary Course.