REASSURANCE (A Day Dream)

Directed by
Chelsea Muscat

PREMIERE: A poem by the Mediterranean, a daydream of a lost lover that should have been a memory.

Chelsea Muscat is a Writer/Director/Cinematographer/ Photographer born and raised on the island of Gozo in the heart of the Mediterranean until she was nine, where she recently relocated during the pandemic. She spent her teen years in NYC studying filmmaking.  Reassurance is Muscat's unapologetic ode to her former girlfriend. It is heartbreak in true form, but it also encapsulates Muscat's acceptance of the loving memories she had for a while. Harbouring no bad feelings towards her ex she instead sows bliss and care into a poem that makes us see what true love is: letting someone go because for whatever reason they need to do it for themselves.

Muscat "I once wrote that I love making films because it reciprocates the unrequited love I have exerted in reality encapsulated in a fabricated reality that I have control over. Most of my life has been defined by traumatic events, ones I've always had to process on my own due to a lack of a support system.  Yet all these things have made me really independent and mature and given me the ability to take care of myself.

My last relationship was the happiest I'd ever been and finally felt like the love and overall support I've been missing my entire life. She was the sweetest person and even if she abandoned our relationship very abruptly without much warning I still only have love for her. I try to say it's beautiful to love and have been loved, and maybe I'm too grateful because love has been so rare but I think there was something deeper going on with her internally.

I accepted the confusion but it doesn't make the heartbreak easier. How do you accept the person you love telling you they love you the last time you saw them to never seeing you again? The math never adds up but all I can do is the process through my art.  In her absence, I've written all these poems about her, in addition to a larger narrative short that is currently in post-production.

The poems or lines randomly come to me as I'm living everyday life, and since I can't share them with her, I can read them out loud and share it with others who may also have been heartbroken. I started making them regularly now, I shoot myself, narrate, and edit them, I call the series Cinematic Mini-Stories. They are mostly defined by a strong sense of longing and daydreaming of love again, yet there's a bittersweetness to it, and gratefulness that the love once even existed."



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