"Suffering is the Easy Part" is a short, partially animated documentary about trauma, trauma's aftermath, depression and the healing process. The film is a voice over narrative that chronicles a sexual assault, the crushing silence and depression surrounding survivors afterward, the mental health issues that arise in the wake of trauma and the healing power of art. The story is about how to overcome the worst moments of our lives and ultimately find happiness and success at the end of a dark journey.
BIO: Jaime Ekkens was born in South Korea and adopted by American parents in Grand Rapids Michigan. Having received a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design majoring in Illustration in 2007, she moved to New York City and successfully pursued her MFA in Computer Arts.
After graduation from SVA, Ekkens was an Associate Producer and in-house Motion Graphics Artist for Mark Haefeli Productions. Following that an Animation Curator and Motion Graphics Artist for Big Screen Plaza, an outdoor arts venue in Chelsea for 2 years. Upon the dissolve of Big Screen Plaza, Ekkens was a freelance After Effects Artist for Prudential Advertising for 3 years while simultaneously making and promoting her first independent short film A Life with Asperger's. Most recent clients include the video department for the fashion blog Refinery 29, Yahoo! Studios, Hearst Digital, ABC and Hillary Clinton Campaign.
The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization with a mission to present an
annual program and year-round schedule of film, music,
and art-related activities that promote artists, culture,
inspired learning, and diversity. The Hudson Valley Film
Commission promotes sustainable economic development
by attracting and supporting film, video and media production.