Full, Filled, Fulfilled: Local Artist’s Short Film Explores Eating Disorders
through sporadic and intense movement, lighting, and original orchestral music, this film explores impact of mental illness
An eating disorder consumes your every thought and action, like a scratched and skipping album; it leaves your mindset stuck.
And local artist Gabbie Henn’s new short film, Full, Filled echoes these sentiments while giving viewers a peek into her past experience with an eating disorder.
"No matter what, what you create always has a part of you. Not everyone will understand it. It’ll be helpful for you, but you never know how it could help others.”
Local Photographer and filmmaker
Starting last fall and concluding this past spring, Henn created the film with a group of close friends and artists at Ivy Media. Full, Filled has no words, instead bringing the story and experience to life through sporadic and intense movements, lighting, graphic layering, projector clips, and original music – which was orchestrated for the film by Hunter Nicholson and Luc Hans Larson.
A longtime artist, Henn – a former UW-Eau Claire student – finds inspiration through her personal experiences.
"When you transform the pain you’ve been through into something on paper, video, in a sculpture form, in fashion like what you wear, it transmits,” she said, “and it’s a way to learn and understand. I’ve been able to learn and understand more about myself from what I create.”
Henn hopes Full, Filled facilitates conversations about eating disorders – particularly since they are so common – and hopes many will relate to her work, she said.
“No matter what, what you create always has a part of you,” she said. “Not everyone will understand it. It’ll be helpful for you, but you never know how it could help others.”