We have wrapped principal photography on my new feature film, ABSENT, shot on-location in remote, rural Moldova, in the former Soviet Union. Thank you to the over 150 individual supporters who made the shoot possible. Synopsis below.
For over a hundred years, Mărculeşti was a vibrant Jewish agricultural
and mercantile community in Bessarabia (now present-day Moldova). In
July 1941, the village was the site of an unimaginable atrocity.
Seventy-three years later, few speak honestly or completely about what
happened. ABSENT is a cinematic portrait of the ghost village of
Mărculeşti, its current inhabitants, and their very complex relationship
to their own history. Working entirely on location with renowned
cinematographer Michael Marius Pessah, filmmaker Matthew Mishory
documents one of Europe's poorest, most remote, and least-visited
An Iconoclastic Features Production, in association with Western Transylvania Studios and Willona Prod Suisse.